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Written questions allow Members of Parliament to ask government ministers for information on the work, policy and activities of government departments.

Historical written answers can be found in Hansard.

Find the latest written questions and answers for the 2017-19 session below

http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-questions-answers/

Written PQs & Answers

Football: Nottingham

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 19:34

Alex Norris - Labour/Co-operative, Nottingham North

"To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to extend the City of Football scheme following the two-year pilot in Nottingham."

Tracey Crouch - The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital Culture, Media and Sport

"Sport England devised and funded the City of Football pilot project. Over the two years of the project (2014-2016), Sport England reported the very positive effect it had on the city of Nottingham. The objective to encourage more people from all backgrounds to play football was achieved with 55% of participants coming from the target audience of 14-25 years, 38% from black and ethnic minorities and 22% from our disabled community. Overall there was greater parity between male and female participants.

Sport England also saw community based organisations get closer to the planning and decision making process of how football can be delivered, and highlighted the important contribution of new industries involvement in the delivery of sport and physical activity. This included organisations from the world of gaming and performing arts. Further information and a final report is available on the City of Football website at http://www.city-of-football.uk

Sport England have taken lessons learned from the pilot to help inform the selection of their new Local Delivery Pilots https://www.sportengland.org/our-work/local-delivery/investing-in-local-areas/ and to introduce certain conditions to the Football Association's 2017-21 Award for grassroots football development.

Sport England has no plans to extend the project. It was part of a wider programme of investment into existing activity to develop the grassroots game, including funding new facilities, running community programmes and working with partners such as the Football Association, Premier League and the Football Foundation."

Schools: Transport

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:44

Nicholas Dakin - Opposition Whip (Commons)

'To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if her Department will promote active travel schemes as part of the PE and Sport Premium available to schools in England.'

Robert Goodwill - Minister of State (Department for Education)

'The PE and Sport Premium is available to primary schools to improve the quality of PE and sport. Department for Education guidance to schools, available at

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pe-and-sport-premium-for-primary-schools, sets out that funding can be used to embed physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school, active playgrounds and active teaching. We promoted this guidance on 24 October as part of our announcement of doubling the PE and Sport Premium to £320 million.'

Football: Governing Bodies

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:49

Rosena Allin-Khan - Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport)

'To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effect of the recent FA governance reforms in addressing the lack of BAME representation in football governance.'

Tracy Crouch - The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

'The FA, like all sports bodies in receipt of public funding, is now required to comply with the highest standards of sports governance as set out in Sport England and UK Sport's A Code for Sports Governance. This includes having at least 30 per cent gender diversity on boards, acting in an open and transparent way and making progress on BAME representation in sports administration. All funded bodies have until the 31 October to provide evidence of how they are making progress towards meeting the requirements in the Code. Sport England and UK Sport will be reviewing this evidence, and will continue to be rigorous in their monitoring of on-going compliance.'

Swimming: Special Educational Needs

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:41

Catherine West - Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

'To ask the Secretary for State for Education, what steps she has taken to provide affordable access to swimming pools for students with special needs.'

Robert Goodwill - Minister of State (Department for Education)

The government's sports strategy, Sporting Future, published in December 2015, included a commitment to establish a working group "to advise on how to ensure no child leaves school unable to meet a minimum standard of capability and confidence in swimming, including disabled young people and those with Special Educational Needs".

In response, the Swim Group has published an independent report setting out recommendations on curriculum swimming. They investigated current provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and are conducting further research to understand the current situation.

Government has formed an implementation group to review the recommendations and work to support opportunities for all children to swim, including those with SEND.

Sport England work through Swim England to help leisure operators maximise pool usage, through pool scheduling and general management. This should support secure income streams and thereby maintain fair pricing for all users.

Sport England has invested over £5 million over the last two years in piloting ways to address some of the challenges that are commonly experienced by people who want to swim more, but feel that there are too many barriers.'

Physical Education: GCE A-level

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:21

Vernon Coaker - Labour, Gedling

"To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons speed skating was not included as one of the options available in A-level PE courses for the current academic year."

Robert Goodwill - Minister of State (Department for Education)

"The subject content for GCSE and A-level PE was revised in 2015 to address concerns that the previous GCSE and A level courses were not of comparable rigor to other subjects, did not provide suitable progression and had led to inequalities in assessment.

As part of these revisions, the activity list was reviewed to ensure that all activities could be assessed reliably, were of comparable demand amongst pupils, and were manageable for schools to assess. The inclusion or non-inclusion of sports does not represent a view on the legitimacy or value of the activity.

The government will review the activity list in autumn 2018, following the first examinations next summer. We will agree this process with the exam boards and announce details closer to the time."

Football Association: Finance

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:21

Lord Ouseley - Crossbench

'To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Football Association's purpose and performance in relation to the provision of public funding.'

Lord Ashton of Hyde - The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Sport England has awarded the Football Association £14.6 million over the next 4 years up to 2021. This funding will support a number of FA grassroots programmes, including its disability programme and women and girls talent projects. The funding will also improve the experiences of the 1.6 million people that play football regularly, as well as help encourage new players, coaches and officials, from all backgrounds and abilities.

In addition, Sport England is investing £2 million per year into the FA to support their work to enhance the quality and diversity of the coaching workforce in football, including providing bursaries to support women and Black and Minority Ethnic coaches develop their coaching abilities from the grassroots to the elite levels of the game.

The FA, like all sports bodies in receipt of public funding, is required to comply with the highest standards of sports governance as set out in Sport England and UK Sport's A Code for Sports Governance. This includes having at least 30 per cent gender diversity on boards, acting in an open and transparent way and making progress on BAME representation in sports administration.

All funded bodies, including the FA, have been working closely with Sport England and/or UK Sport over the past few months to agree what they need to do to meet the Governance Code. They had until 31 October to provide evidence of progress towards meeting the requirements in the Code. Sport England and UK Sport will be reviewing this evidence, and will continue to be rigorous in their monitoring of on-going compliance.

Any organisation found to be non-compliant would be at risk of having their public funding removed. In this scenario, Sport England would divert money to other sport projects, so that grassroots sport overall would not suffer.'

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