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Swimming Pools: Drownings

Volume 455: debated on Monday 15 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress she has made on the research into childhood drowning in public pools promised to the Right to Swim Campaign in October 2005; and if she will make a statement. (115136)

The action plan which my Department announced in September 2005, to address an apparent blanket application of restrictive admissions policies at swimming pools, has achieved its aim.

The Institute of Sport and Recreation Management issued revised guidance in 2005. As a consequence, we are aware of at least 15 pools that have since changed their admissions policies.

We remain keen to conclude implementation of the action plan with the publication of the research led by the National Water Safety Forum, and we expect this to happen as soon as possible. We understand the publication date has been delayed due to a need for further evidence gathering.