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Sports Funding

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 13th March 2006.

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Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was made available for high performance sports from (a) lottery funding and (b) central Government to (i) UK Sport, (ii) Sport England and (iii) the Northern Ireland Sports Council in (A) 2004–05 and (B) 2005–06.

Photo of Richard Caborn Richard Caborn Minister of State (Sport), Department for Culture, Media & Sport

Lottery and exchequer funding made available for high performance sport during the period 2004–05 and 2005–06 was as follows:

2004–05 2005–06
UK Sport Lottery 14,295,797 16,203,884
UK Sport Exchequer 16,149,395 15,421,611
Sport England Lottery 44,125,089 35,900,000
Sport England Exchequer 3,000,000 4,000,000

For UK Sport, lottery funding was primarily distributed to high performance sports through the World Class Performance Programme. Exchequer funding was allocated to the World Class Operations Programme and Elite Coaching.

For Sport England, Exchequer funding was allocated to the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme. Lottery funding was allocated to the English Institute of Sport and to the high performance element of the National Governing Bodies' Whole Sport and one Stop Plans. In addition to the above figures, UK Sport has distributed Exchequer funds of £2,028,010 in 2004–05 and £726,500 in 2005–06 to help modernise National Governing Bodies.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has no responsibility for distributing funds to the Sports Council for Northern Ireland. Exchequer funding for the Sports Council for Northern Ireland is allocated by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and it also receives 2.6 per cent. of sport's share of the national lottery.

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