HC Deb 30 March 1998 vol 309 c369W
Mr. Jim Murphy

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his answer of 26 February 1998,Official Report, column 322, how much was spent on administration of each of the sports organisations listed in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will separately identify the costs relating to the governing bodies. [33541]

Mr. Banks

This information is not collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The United Kingdom Sports Council has advised me that to obtain this information it would need specifically to examine the annual accounts of each of the 414 governing bodies, and to assess against an agreed definition of administration the total amount expended by each body on administration.

Funding by the Sports Councils is for carefully targeted programmes, with agreed objectives. It may be used to contribute towards the administrative costs associated with these programmes but governing bodies are not required to identify separately the administrative costs in their grant agreements. Support is sometimes given for the appointment of key personnel at Chief Executive, Director of Finance, Coaching or Development level, and the administrative support staff for these officers, to ensure that a sport is well managed, particularly where it is in receipt of complementary funding from the National Lottery.

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