HC Deb 10 December 2003 vol 415 cc510-1W
Kate Hoey

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will publish the Quinquennial Review of Sport England. [142859]

Mr. Caborn

Stage One of the Quinquennial Review of Sport England was published and laid before the House in July 2001, and performed a useful service in demonstrating the need for the re-organisation of Sport England's funding and other activities.

It was intended that Stage Two of the Review should include detailed re-organisation proposals. Such proposals were at an advanced stage of preparation when my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit commenced its review of sports policy in the spring of 2002. The Strategy Unit's proposals for the re-organisation of Sport England formed a major part of its wider recommendations for the future of sports policy, published as Game Plan in December 2002. They continue to inform the major Sport England reform programme which is now underway, and this programme should be seen as having superseded the proposals which were under discussion during Stage Two of the Quinquennial Review.