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

Schools: Sports

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:17

Justin Tomlinson - Conservative, North Swindon

"To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will make it a condition of any new school funding agreement that the school in question must make its sports facilities available for public use outside the school day."

Nick Gibb - Minister of State (Education)

"Sports facilities in schools can provide excellent opportunities for communities to be active and take part in sport. Many schools offer use of their facilities for community use outside of the school day: approximately two thirds (62%) of school sports facilities across England are now available for some form of community use.

The Department updated the Governance handbook for academies, multi-academy trusts and maintained schools in 2017 to include advice on the use of extended activities and community services, such as sportsfacilities.

Sport England has developed an online resource 'Use Our School' to support schools in opening their facilities to the community and keeping them open."

Schools: Sports

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:15

Justin Tomlinson - Conservative, North Swindon

"To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much schools in (a) North Swindon constituency, (b) Swindon and (c) England have received in Sport Premium in each year since it was established."

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

Physical Education and Sport Premium funding for all schools in England can be found for the academic years at the links below.

2017/18: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pe-and-sport-premium-funding-allocations-for-2017-to-2018.

2016/17: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pe-and-sport-premium-funding-conditions-for-2016-to-2017.

2015/16: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pe-and-sport-premium-conditions-of-grant-for-2015-to-2016.

2014/15: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pe-and-sport-premium-allocations-for-2014-to-2015.

2013/14: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pe-and-sport-grant-2013-to-2014-allocation-breakdown."

Sports: Young People

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:12

Alex Sobel - Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West

"To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the level of access to indoor sport facilities for young people living in Lower Layer Super Output Areas."

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

"Through the Active Places Power database, Sport England maps community sports facilities, including those in educational establishments. Information on the database is available at the following link, and can be broken down by region www.activeplacespower.com."

Sports: Clubs

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:11

Jo Stevens - Labour, Cardiff Central

"To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment her Department has made of the financial viability of amateur sports clubs involved in (a) cycling, (b) rugby and (c) football."

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

"DCMS is not aware of recent assessments of the financial viability of amateur sports clubs involved in cycling, rugby or football.

It would be within the remit of NGBs (National Governing Bodies) to assess the financial viability of their affiliated clubs.

The NGBs for cycling, rugby and football all have sections on their websites on the Community Amateur SportsClub (CASC) Scheme. The scheme was introduced in April 2002 and allows local amateur sports clubs to register with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and benefit from a range of tax reliefs, including Gift Aid, where they meet qualifying conditions.

A Club Survey was commissioned last year by Sport England to explore a number of issues including whether finances and funding are a cause for concern among clubs. The results are due at the end of February this year and Sport England would be happy to share the results of this survey in due course.

As recommended in the government sports strategy Sporting Future, The new Sports Business Council is looking into how to maximise income potential across sport particularly in light of falling lottery receipts."

Athletics: Drugs

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:10

Paul Girvan - Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Education), Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport)

"To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to work with UK Athletics to ensure the integrity of the sport following recent drug controversies."

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

As the UK's designated National Anti-Doping Organisation, UK Anti-Doping, an Arm's Length Body of DCMS, works extensively with UK Athletics to prevent doping by its athletes through its education and testing programmes.

The UK Government remains fully committed to combating doping in sport and protecting the integrity of sport."

Sports: Facilities

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:04

Rupa Huq - Labour, Ealing Central and Acton

"To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to support local authorities to provide community sports facilities?"

Marcus Jones - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government)

"Our fair and sustainable financial settlement gives local authorities the ability to protect important local services. As democratically elected organisations, they are independent of central Government and are responsible for managing their budgets in line with local priorities. However, central Government expects local authorities to take on the challenge of making savings, while continuing to provide excellent services to local communities."