§ Kate Hoey
[holding answer 13 December 1999]: Information on the amount of public funds given is not available in the form requested. However, to date Sport has been awarded £1,145 billion from the National Lottery, which has benefited 5,089 capital projects. Additionally, the Sports Councils, through which my Department's funding for sport is channelled, have received £234.3 million grant in aid in the last five years to provide support to the governing bodies of sport and other representative bodies. Funding of around £750,000 is being provided this year to three gender-specific sports: women's netball, rugby and football. All applications for a Lottery award should demonstrate that it would benefit all sections of the community, including young people, ethnic communities, people with disabilities, older people and women.