HC Deb 08 February 2000 vol 344 cc88-9W
Mr. Reed

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what estimate he has made of the total cost of sport played in schools in the most recent year for which figures are available; what organisations other than his Department provide funds for sport in schools; and if he will estimate the amount of such other funding in the most recent year for which information is available. [108297]

Jacqui Smith

Schools and Local Education Authorities (LEAs) decide how much to spend on sport in schools. We do not collect centrally information on this support. However there are a number of organisations which support sport in schools nationally, and many others which give support at a local level. Sport England, the Sports Lottery distributor, spent £14.4 million in schools and colleges in 1998–99. The National Sports Governing Bodies also contribute a great deal at national and local level through coaching and talent development schemes and competitions involving schools. We are working closely with DCMS, OFSTED, QCA and national PE and sport bodies to further develop and expand the range and quality of opportunities available to all young people.