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

Schools: Sports

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:04

Rupa Huq - Labour, Ealing Central and Acton

"To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to encourage children to participate in sport."

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

We are committed to ensuring 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. 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 which will be invested in projects that offer new opportunities for families with children to do sport and physical activity together.

Through the primary PE and sport premium, the government has invested over £600m of ring-fenced funding to primary schools to improve PE and sport since 2013. This funding is provided directly to schools to drive additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer. But we know there is more to do, which is why we have doubled funding for the Premium from £160m to £320m a year, using revenue from the soft drinks industry levy. The proceeds of the levy will also provide £100m funding for the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund in 2018-19, which will help pupils to benefit from healthier, more active lifestyles."

Sports: Governing Bodies

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:02

Alex Norris - Labour/Co-operative, Nottingham North

"To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether powers to remove public funding from sports bodies due to non-compliance with the Sports Governance Code have been used to date; and if she will make a statement."

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

The deadline for national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport to comply with the requirements of the Code for Sports Governance was 31 October 2017. SportEngland and UK Sport have received evidence from NGBs to demonstrate how they are complying with the Code and both organisations are now working together to review this evidence. Sport England and UK Sport will make a formal statement on the compliance of NGBs shortly.

If NGBs are assessed to be non-compliant they will be given the opportunity to take remedial action. If these NGBs do not take appropriate steps to become compliant then Sport England and UK Sport will make decisions on required action, including removal of funding, from late January 2018 onwards."

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."