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Scottish Executive

Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what her policy is regarding consultations prior to the publication of proposals involving the transfer of powers to the Scottish Executive by (a) primary legislation and (b) order in Council. [13818]

Mrs. Liddell: Any transfer of powers to the Scottish Executive takes place following agreement between the Administrations. If conferred by primary legislation, by convention the Scottish Executive first seeks the approval of the Scottish Parliament. If by secondary legislation, the order follows the procedures set out in the Scotland Act, such orders require approval by both Houses of Parliament and also the Scottish Parliament.



Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what arrangements are in place for the al-Jazeera television station to be broadcast in this country with English subtitles; and if she will make a statement. [12257]

Tessa Jowell: Al-Jazeera is an Arabic language channel aimed at Arab-speaking communities across a wide geographic area. English subtitling would be an editorial matter for the channel to consider.

Lottery Grants (Morley and Rothwell)

Mr. Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications for lottery grants have been made, in each year since 1997, by organisations and individuals based in Morley and Rothwell constituency. [14337]

Mr. Caborn: Comprehensive information on applications for lottery grants is not centrally held at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Football Dispute

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with (a) the Premier League and (b) the Professional Footballers

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Association regarding the dispute between the two bodies; what role her Department can play in resolving the dispute; and if she will make a statement. [14292]

Mr. Caborn: Neither my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State nor I have discussed this issue with the Premier League or the Professional Footballers Association (PFA). Although the Government hope that a satisfactory settlement may be reached without the need for industrial action, the dispute must be resolved through a free process of negotiation. My Department has no plans to intervene.

Football Clubs (Financial Support)

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many football clubs have received financial support from Sport UK in the last 12 months. [14290]

Mr. Caborn: None. UK Sport does not provide funding for football. UK Sport's support for training, competition and coaching facilities for elite sports people is, in the main, provided to UK-wide governing bodies. In view of the administrative structure of football in the UK, applications for lottery funding from the sport's clubs and governing bodies are made to Sport England, or to its equivalents in the other home nations.

Elite Sports Funding Review

Mr. Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to implement the findings of the Cunningham report; and if she will make a statement. [14286]

Mr. Caborn: The Elite Sports Funding Review chaired by Dr. Cunningham identified over 40 recommendations, many of which are for the Sports Councils and National Governing Bodies of sport to take forward. The current position of the Sports Councils in respect of the recommendations was presented at the recent Sports Cabinet meeting. They have accepted and are implementing the overwhelming majority of the recommendations. The Government will provide their detailed response to the report in due course.

Sport England

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the funding and role for Sport England within the regions. [14846]

Mr. Caborn: Sport England's future role in the regions, which will include arrangements for the distributions of funding, is one of the issues being considered in the current quinquennial review of Sport England.

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what resources were available to Sport England from (a) the Exchequer and (b) the lottery in each region in each of the last two years. [14851]

Mr. Caborn: Sport England's allocation of grant in aid for 2000–01 was £38 million and for 2001–02 is £43.2 million. The budget for each region is set out in the table.

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North East8861,169
East Midlands1,0961,340
South East2,0142,215
South West1,1391,413
West Midlands1,1611,537
North West1,3651,801

Sport England's income from the National Lottery for 2000–01 was £223.5 million and the forecast income for 2001–02 is £214,233 million. The total amounts awarded in each region are set out in the table:


North East11,8535,573
East Midlands21,60612,484
South East28,2277,962
South West18,5618,658
West Midlands14,6123,132
North West21,1687,093

(5) At November 2001

Sports Schools and Colleges

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the role of her Department in the development of specialist sports schools and colleges; and what help it is giving to the development of the Sports Co-ordinator Programme. [14850]

Mr. Caborn: The Department works in partnership with the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) on aspects of the development of Specialist Sports Colleges. The Department sits on the management board of the School Sport Co-ordinator programme which is run by our sponsored body, Sport England.

Sports (Community Development)

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she plans to take and with which other Government Departments she is co-operating in order to enhance community development in relation to sport. [14848]

Mr. Caborn: I chair monthly meetings bringing together Ministerial colleagues from the Department for Education and Skills and the Department of Health with Sport England to make sure that the potential of sport to drive forward the wider Government agenda is realised. My officials and I are working closely with our colleagues in DLTR on sports planning and regeneration issues, most notably the redrafting of PPG 17, which will be the strengthened framework in which the provision of sports facilities will be delivered. Because we recognise the potential of sport as a means of improving health, diverting young people from crime, drugs and antisocial behaviour and engaging disaffected learners in education and employment we are working jointly with the

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Department for Education and Skills, the Department of Health, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Home Office to ensure that people of all ages in our communities benefit fully from sport development opportunities and initiatives.

Sports (Participation)

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how her Department measures participation rates in sport; and what information she collates on (a) an age related and (b) a regional basis. [14847]

Mr. Caborn: Adult (aged 16+) rates of sports participation are measured through the General Household Survey (GHS), a continuous survey carried out by the Office for National Statistics across Great Britain. Questions relating to sport are included on the survey once every three years, the last being 1996 and the next being due 2002 (in 1999, the GHS was not carried out).

Sport England has also measured participation rates for adults with disabilities (carried out in 2000–01) and for people from Black and Ethnic minority communities (carried out in 1999) through specially commissioned large-scale surveys using the same methodology and questions used in the GHS.

Ages of participants can be analysed in a variety of ways, as respondents are asked their actual age. Overall participation rates can also be reported at a regional level.

Participation by young people is measured in Sport England's Survey of Young People which has now been carried out twice (1994 and 1999). The survey, which in 1999 was carried out by MORI on behalf of Sport England, is school based and involves a representative sample of around 4,000 young people aged six to 16 across England. This survey also enables analysis by age. Sport England has also undertaken a large scale survey of young people with disabilities using the same sports participation questions as in the wider 1999 survey (carried out in 2000).

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