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English Heritage: Finance

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what income English Heritage has derived from the heritage sites it owns and manages in the last 12 months; and what proportion of that income was used to meet expenditure on (a) site maintenance, (b) publicity and (c) staffing. [282162]

Barbara Follett: English Heritage advises that its total expenditure on the conservation, maintenance, capital development and operational management of its property portfolio in 2008-09 was £64.4 million. Earned income was £41.2 million. The following table shows expenditure for site maintenance, property related publicity and staffing of properties as a proportion of that income:

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Expenditure (£ million) Expenditure as a proportion of earned income (percentage)

Property maintenance



Property related publicity



Property based staff



The remainder of earned income derived goes towards funding areas including education, outreach and non-site based staff.

English Heritage: Monuments

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress his Department has made in designating intertidal wreck sites as ancient monuments; what recent discussions he has had with English Heritage on that matter; what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals for the designation of wreck sites; and what assessment he has made of the merits of designating the Purton Hulks site, Gloucestershire, as an ancient monument. [283169]

Barbara Follett: Decisions on whether to designate monuments that meet the criteria set out in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 and the non-statutory criteria set out in PPG 16: Archaeology and Planning are taken on a case-by-case basis. No wreck sites in English waters have been designated as scheduled monuments since 2004, nor has the Department had recent discussions with English Heritage on the matter of scheduling intertidal wreck sites.

The site of the Purton Hulks is already afforded statutory protection as it lies within the Severn estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It is therefore already subject to statutory controls in respect of nature conservation interests. English Heritage recently met Natural England, British Waterways and local stakeholders specifically to address co-ordinated management of the site, and to define the significance of the assemblage of vessels.

Legislative proposals for reforming the designation of marine heritage assets, including wreck sites, are included in the draft Heritage Protection Bill. We remain committed to bringing this forward at the earliest opportunity.

Sport: Essex

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding his Department plans to provide for sport-related activities in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in 2009-10. [282563]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Sport England have advised that the total projected investment in sport in Essex and Castle Point cannot be determined at this point.

Sport England has recently invested £120 million in national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport to deliver grassroots sport in the community for the period 2009-10. The NGBs are defining what they need for their sport at a national, regional and sub-regional level to ensure more people play and enjoy their sport. Investment will in turn be directed by NGBs into areas where they
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believe it will best achieve their, and Sport England’s, strategic outcomes. These areas will vary from sport to sport and region to region. Essex is set to benefit when funding is released from the NGBs over the coming year.

It is possible to say, though, that Sport England is planning to invest £2,338,411(1) in sport in Essex for the financial year 2009-10.

This includes:

(i) Community projects


Basildon Sports Village


Southend on Sea Swimming Pool


Sport at Mark Hall School


Thorpe Bay Yacht Club


(ii) Sport Unlimited

Sport Unlimited is an integral part of the Government’s PE and Sport Strategy for Young People (PESSYP)—the five hour offer. The overall aim of Sport Unlimited is to increase opportunities for Children and Young People aged five to 19 to participate regularly in sport.

It will do this by providing a range of attractive and sustainable opportunities in sporting activities for young people from the ‘semi sporty population segment’ to take part in out of school hours during term time and will focus on out of school hours and ‘club’ activities both within school and community settings.

In Essex and Castle Point, approximately £344,425 is currently assigned this financial year to deliver projects across the city.

(iii) Step into Sport

Focuses on young people aged 14 to 19, giving them opportunities to become involved in sports leadership and volunteering and encouraging them to continue this into later life. The programme is funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport as part of the PESSYP strategy, which is revitalising PE and school sport across the country. Essex has been awarded £22,000 for 2009-10.

(iv) Free Swimming

Castle Point has been allocated £110,062 of funding under the Free Swimming Programme and Colchester borough council have been awarded £105,705 of funding for the refurbishment of fitness pool facilities at Colchester Leisure World.

Sports: Public Participation

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which types of activity are included in his Department’s target of getting two million people more active ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games. [273292]

Mr. Sutcliffe: There is a cross-departmental commitment to get 2 million more people more active, with my Department, through Sport England, primarily responsible for getting 1 million more people playing more sport as part of this. Activities are included within this 1 million
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target on the basis that they are recognised as sports by the Home Country Sports Councils, and that each can be performed at least at moderate intensity. The following list gives details of these activities and their eligibility:





Running and jogging

Martial Arts

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Gym/fitness activities



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