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Volume 408: debated on Tuesday 1 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the effectiveness of the Sportsearch programme in identifying ways to increase the amount of time children spend on sporting activities; and for what reasons funding for Sportsearch has ended. [122398]

Sportsearch is being developed by Sport England. Independent evaluation shows that the programme can help young people to discover what sports they might be good at and that it is well regarded by those who have used it. Sport England is currently considering Sportsearch's future within the wider context of its modernization programme.