§ Mr. Banks
[holding answer 19 March 1998]: The information requested is as follows:
(a) the England and Wales Cricket Board was established in 1997 and was awarded £212,750 exchequer funding in that year by the English Sports Council, which included funding for the development of cricket for women and young people.
In previous years, the then GB Sports Council made exchequer awards to the Cricket Council for similar purposes, as follows:
Year £ 1996 216,700 1995 150,000 1994 150,000 1993 130,000
(b) neither the ECB, nor the Cricket Council, has received an award from the Lottery Sports Fund; and
(c) the ECB has received 2 awards from Sportsmatch, totalling £65,000.