HC Deb 04 November 2002 vol 392 c80W
Andrew George

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent of the New Opportunities Fund on PE and sports in schools in rural England in(a) 2000–01, (b) 2001–02 and (c) 2002–03 to date. [78405]

Mr. Caborn

[holding answer 31 October 2002]: The New Opportunities Fund (NOF) has allocated funding to each LEA area to ensure that funding is available for projects in all parts of England. These allocations are made up of a baseline allocation (based on the size of the school population in the LEA) and a deprivation allocation (based on the levels of deprivation within the LEA).

Out of the £581.25 million available under the New Opportunities for PE and Sport programme in England, NOF has committed around £83 million to date.

Figures are not readily available in the format requested, but rural communities have benefited from the awards made to date, and will continue to benefit from this programme in the future.

Mr. Peter Duncan

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations have been made to her by the Scottish Executive on the operation of the New Opportunities Fund in Scotland. [78733]

Mr. Caborn

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has received a number of representations from the Scottish Executive about the New Opportunities Fund's operations in Scotland. The most recent of these concerned the future allocation of NOF funding in Scotland.