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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

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Written PQs & Answers

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.'

September 2017

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:29

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to promote the uptake of outdoor swimming