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Swimming Pools

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many diving pits there are in England; and where each is located. (158741)

The Active Places database lists 64 diving pools which can be defined as diving pits using the following criteria—an indoor pool specifically for diving which is usually square in shape and deeper than the main pool.

I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 8 October 2007, Official Report, columns 335-36W, for the location of these 64 diving facilities.

In addition and since my reply of 8 October 2007, a new diving pool/pit has opened in Leeds. This facility will be included on the Active Places database in due course.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 8 October 2007, Official Report, columns 334-6W, on swimming pools, (1) how many diving pools have (a) closed and (b) opened in England since 1997; and how many of the diving pools are open to the public; (158744)

(2) how many of these diving pools are open to the general public.

Information on diving pool closures across England was not collected centrally prior to 2004, when the Active Places sports facilities database was established. We are aware that two diving pools have closed permanently since that time (William Thompson Recreation Centre, Burnley and Edmonton Leisure Centre).

64 diving pools listed on Active Places are usually accessible to the public. However, one (Crystal Palace Sports Centre) is temporarily closed for refurbishment. Six of these diving pools have been newly built since 1997 and a further 15 refurbished over the same period.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 8 October 2007, Official Report, columns 334-6W, on swimming pools, how many of the diving pools referred to provide a 10 metre high diving board. (158745)

We are aware of six diving pools listed on the Active Places database which provide 10 metre high diving boards. They are located in: Leeds; London; Manchester; Plymouth; Sheffield; and Southampton. Five of these facilities are currently available for use and one (London) is closed temporarily for refurbishment.