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Sports: Schools

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of school children took part in a minimum of two hours of PE or sport per week in school time in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement. (135395)

The joint DCMS/DfES National School Sport Strategy which aimed to increase the percentage of 5 to 16-year-olds spending at least two hours each week on high quality PE and school sport to 75 per cent. by 2006 and 85 per cent. by 2008 within and beyond the curriculum, commenced on the 1 April 2003.

Progress against the target for children in School Sport Partnerships is measured annually using the National School Sport Survey. The Survey has demonstrated that 62 per cent. of school children achieved this target in 2003-04; 69 per cent. in 2004-05 and 80 per cent. in 2005-06.

No data are available prior to the implementation of the strategy.