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Schools: Playgrounds

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding his Department provided to the School Playgrounds Scheme in each of the last five years; and what plans he has further to fund the scheme in the next three years. [191393]

Kevin Brennan: The Department has supported Sporting Playgrounds, a primary playground development scheme, since 2001. The scheme refurbishes existing primary school playgrounds to enhance opportunities for sporting activity. Over 600 primary school playgrounds have been developed since the programme began. Funding has been in four phases, as follows:

Funding (£)

2001 to 2004


2003 to 2005






There are no plans to fund the Sporting Playgrounds programme over the next three years.

As part of the biggest ever investment in play, £225 million has been made available through the Children's plan to build and improve public play areas nationally over the next three years. Investment in school playgrounds is also part of schools capital funding, where £21.9 billion has been allocated over the next three years, including to the Building Schools for the Future and Primary Capital programmes. Further, almost £1 billion a year goes to schools directly for them to use for their own priorities, including their grounds and playgrounds.

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