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


Written PQs & Answers

Outdoor Education

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 13:56

Baroness Grey-Thompson - Crossbench

"To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase (1) the number of opportunities for children to be active outdoors during the school day, and (2) the range of activities available to them when outdoors; and whether such plans include the introduction of active mile schemes."

Lord Agnew of Oulton - Conservative

"Through the primary PE and sport premium, over £600 million of ring-fenced funding has been invested in primary schools to improve PE and sport since 2013. The government doubled the premium to £320 million per year from September 2017, using revenue from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy. The premium should be used to develop or add to the PE and sport activities that a school already offers to provide more opportunities for their pupils to be active throughout the school day.

We know that schools across the country have signed up to an active mile programme. The Daily Mile's website reports that over 900 schools in England are signed up to The Daily Mile. Active Miles can help pupils to achieve the 60 active minutes each day recommended by the UK chief medical officers. They are simple, inclusive and can successfully engage the least active children in physical activity. In December 2017, the department brought together active mile providers to discuss opportunities to engage more schools to take part in active mile initiatives

Sport England supports children and young people in England by ensuring there is a good sports and activity offer before and after the school day. This includes investing £28 million into Satellite Clubs between 2017-2021. Satellite Clubs provide opportunities to take part regularly in sport and activity through the creation of enjoyable, appealing and convenient opportunities for young people that are based around their needs.

The government also continues to invest around £17.5 million per annum in the School Games, an Olympic/Paralympic style competition, so that all children and young people, particularly those who are currently least active or from under-represented groups, have the best opportunities to engage in sport and physical activity. Inclusive sports formats are included to provide opportunities for disabled pupils and those with special educational needs to participate."

Sportsgrounds: Finance

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 13:54

David Simpson - Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affaris), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

"To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department plans to provide funding for small sports clubs to renovate their stadiums."

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

"Government's Sporting Future strategy makes clear that investing in the right facilities in the right places is key to encouraging more people to take part in sport and physical activity and to improving the experience for those who already do.

Sport England's Strategic Facilities Fund was opened in 2014/15. The aim of the fund is to provide capital investment into a number of key community projects. So far, £42 million has been invested in 33 new state of the art leisure facilities.

Sport England also run the Community Asset Fund which will provide up to £15 million per year to enhance the spaces in local communities that help people to be active.

Responsibility for grassroots sport is devolved and each country has a Home Nation Sports Council, sportscotland, Sport Wales and Sport NI in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively."

Local Government Finance: Sports

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 13:51

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

"To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much public funding was allocated to local authorities to support the retention of community (a) sports halls, (b) playing fields and (c) swimming pools in (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2016-17."

Rishi Sunak - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

"Over the course of this spending period the Government has made available over £200 billion of funding for local government, for councils to spend on locally determined priorities, including sports facilities.

Sport England works with a wide range of local authorities, providing expert advice and funding to sustain and increase the number of people playing sport regularly.

It invests in local authority facilities projects through its range of funding programmes to make sure that facilities are modern, accessible and in the right places to have the most impact."

Sports: Disability

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 13:49

Dan Jarvis - Labour, Barnsley Central

"To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to develop opportunities to participate in sport for disabled people."

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

"We recognise the importance of helping disabled people to take part in sport and physical activity. Our sport and physical activity strategy, 'Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation', published in December 2015, emphasises the importance of getting people active, particularly those groups currently under-represented, including disabled people.

Since 2012 Sport England has made disability sport a key part of its strategy and has delivered disability-focussed investment programmes. This has included the Inclusive Sport fund, which invested £19.2 million of National Lottery Funding in 87 projects to get more disabled people playing sport. In addition the Take-up programme, a £3 million investment programme that has been running since 2013 - 7 projects have received investment through this fund, a key focus of which has been to develop new partnerships to increase the number of disabled people being physically active.

Sport England's strategy 'Towards an Active Nation' also places a clear emphasis on targeting those who are hardest to reach, including disabled people, and as such they are ensuring that each of their investment programmes impacts directly on disabled people. As an example, the recently announced Active Ageing funding, part of the Tackling Inactivity programme, includes investment into projects that will target disabled people and people with long term illnesses. Sport England is also currently in discussions with National Disability Sports Organisations about the role they can play to support the delivery of 'Sporting Future'."

Sports: Finance

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 13:47

Dan Jarvis - Labour, Barnsley Central

"To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to help local sports clubs access funding."

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

"Sport England, the government arms' length body with responsibility for supporting grassroots sport, has a number of investment funds which local sports clubs can apply to, including their Small Grants fund and the Community Asset Fund.

Detailed information, including prospectuses and guidance on how to apply, can be found on Sport England's website. Sport England's Club Matters web page also contains a section on 'Club Management' which covers topics including Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC), club structures and managing risk.

In addition, Sport England revised and relaunched its commercial framework in June 2017. The framework will help organisations to reduce the levels of public funding they are reliant on through finding alternative sources of private investment."

Pupils: Exercise

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 13:45

Keith Vaz - Labour, Leicester East

"To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance he has issued to schools on the amount of time to be allocated to physical activity for pupils."

Nadhim Zahawi - The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

"The UK chief medical officers' recommend that all children and young people should engage in moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity for at least 60 minutes every day. Schools play an important role in supporting children to achieve the physical activity recommendations. The Childhood Obesity Plan recommended that at least 30 minutes should be delivered in school every day through active break times, physical education (PE), extra-curricular clubs, active lessons, or other sport and physical activity events, with the remaining 30 minutes supported by parents and carers' outside of school time.

The government does not set a target for how much curriculum time schools must dedicate to PE or specify the sports and activities that must be taught in schools. However, all maintained schools must teach a full programme of study for PE for all their pupils."