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

Sports: Children

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 13:43

David Evennett - Conservative, Bexleyheath and Crayford

"To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to tackle physical inactivity among children through sport."

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

"Government's Sporting Future strategy, published in December 2015, set out out how important it is for all children to have a good experience of sport and physical activity while they are young.

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. Sport England has committed up to £194 million of investment into children and young people over the next four years, which includes the Families Fund: up to £40 million invested in projects that offer new opportunities for families with children to be active together. Sport England will also provide specialist training to at least two teachers in every secondary school in England by 2020, and will invest £28m into Satellite Clubs between 2017-2021. Sport England is also investing £3m through the Potentials Fund, which will look at ways to get young people involved in social action and volunteering using sport and physical activity.

Government continues to invest in the School Games (around £17.5m per year) so that all children and young people have the best opportunities to engage in competitive sport. DCMS also works closely with the Department for Education and the Department of Health and Social Care on cross-government issues such as school sport and the Childhood Obesity Plan."

Primary Education: Sports

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 13:40

Jim Cunningham - Labour, Coventry South

"To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much his Department has spent from the public purse on supporting sport in primary schools in each year since 2010."

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

"Through the primary PE and Sport premium, the government has invested over £600 million of ring-fenced funding to primary schools to improve PE and sport between 2013 and 2017. The government doubled the premium to £320 million a year from September 2017 using revenue from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy and funding will continue at this level in 2018/19. Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer. The premium must be used to develop or add to the PE and sport activities that a school already offers and make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years.

A further £100 million of revenue generated from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy will be used for the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund which supports both primary and secondary schools. This fund is intended to improve children's and young people's physical and mental health by enhancing access to facilities for physical activity, healthy eating, mental health and wellbeing and medical conditions. These facilities include kitchens, dining facilities, changing rooms, playgrounds and sports facilities."

Sports: Drugs

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 13:37

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, what steps his Department is taking to support programmes tackling the misuse of drugs in professional sport."

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

"The UK has always taken a strong stance on doping in sport, but we are not complacent. DCMS recently published a Tailored Review of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), which committed an additional £6.1m of funding. This will support further the important work carried out by UKAD, as well as the implementation of the recommendations set out within that Review."

The UK has always taken a strong stance on doping in sport, but we are not complacent. DCMSrecently published a Tailored Review of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), which committed an additional £6.1m of funding. This will support further the important work carried out by UKAD, as well as the implementation of the recommendations set out within that Review.

Sports

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 13:29

Jo Stevens - Labour, Cardiff Central

"To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of trends in participation in sports that are funded by UK Sport."

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

"Sport England is the arms length body of government responsible for supporting and investing in participation in grassroot sport. It does not make specific assessments of participation rates of sports on the basis that they receive funding from UK Sport. UK Sport is the arms length body of government responsible for supporting and investing in Olympic and Paralympic sport to maximise UK athlete success, and does not allocate funding on the basis of participation rates.

Sport England's Active Lives Survey captures data on physical activity levels in England, together with data on the numbers of people aged 16+ participating in sports. Details of the most recent Active Lives Survey data release covering the period May 2016-May 2017 can be found here: https://www.sportengland.org/media/12458/active-lives-adult-may-16-17-report.pdf. Details of the data tables on participation rates of sports can be found here: http://www.sportengland.org/media/12452/tables-5-9_twice-in-the-last-28-days.xlsx"

Healthy Living Ministerial Group

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 13:25

Jim Shannon - Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

"To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the Inter-Ministerial Group for Healthy Living is next due to meet; and whether that group will consider the correlation between a lack of physical activity by young British girls and their having poorer mental health and lower aspirations than boys."

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

"Sporting Future - Second Annual Report published in January confirmed that government is establishing an Inter-Ministerial Group on Healthy Living, to be co-chaired by the Secretaries of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Health and Social Care, which will bring together a range of departments to consider how sport and physical activity could be made more widely accessible, so that they benefit everyone. The Group will be meeting for the first time in early 2018. Although the initial focus of the Group will be on sport and physical activity over time we expect this to broaden to explore how it can add value to the health inequalities agenda more widely.

The government's sport strategy Sporting Future published in December 2015 recognised the impact that sport and physical activity has on mental health. We are continuing to work with sport and mental health organisations to promote the benefits of physical activity on mental health to people of all ages and backgrounds."

Schools: Sports

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 15:57

Leo Docherty - Conservative, Aldershot

"To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of whether there is a link between participation in sport and mental health wellbeing among school pupils; and if he will make a statement."

Nick Gibb - Minister of State (Education)

"The Department works closely with the Department of Health and Social Care on the mental health of children.

There is a range of more general evidence on the benefits of participation in sport and physical activity. The Chief Medical Officer's annual report in 2012 highlighted that regular participation in physical activity offers children health and social benefits, impacting on physiological health as well as social wellbeing.

'How healthy behaviour supports children's wellbeing', a report published by Public Health England (PHE) in 2013 summarised evidence in this area: https://www.gov.uk/

government/publications/how-healthy-behaviour-supports-childrens-wellbeing.

PHE also published guidance in 2015, available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/

publications/what-works-in-schools-to-increase-physical-activity-briefing.

PE remains compulsory at all four key stages in the national curriculum. Through the primary PE and sportpremium, the Government has provided over £600 million to primary schools to be spent on the improvement of PE and sport. The Government doubled funding for the premium to £320 million a year from September 2017."