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Youth Sport Trust

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what discussions she had with the Department for Education and Skills on the impact on schools of the Youth Sport Trust initiative; [111555](2) what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the purchasing of chocolate of encouraging children to collect tokens from confectionery to provide for sporting equipment under the Youth Sport Trust initiative; [111542](3) what discussions took place between her Department and

(a) Cadbury, (b) schools, (c) local authorities and (d) parents of children regarding the Youth Sport Trust initiative to encourage children to collect tokens from chocolate bars to provide for sporting equipment; [111541]

(4) how long the Youth Sport Trust initiative will last; what estimates she has made of the number of extra pieces of equipment schools will gain from the initiative; and when the initiative will be reviewed. [111543]

Although the Cadbury's 'Get Active' campaign has similar objectives to the Government's national strategy for physical education, school sport and club links, it is not a Government initiative, and as such, the Department has not had any discussions with any other Department or organisation about it. Nor has the Department made any assessment of the effect in the purchasing of chocolate of encouraging children to collect tokens from confectionary to provide for sporting equipment. 'Get Active' is about promoting a healthy lifestyle through increased levels of activity. It will be worth up to £8 million a year, over the next five years, with Cadbury's contributing 15p in every £1 spent on promotional packs on the purchase of sports equipment for schools.