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Swimming Pools

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many Olympic-size swimming pools (a) there are and (b) are planned to be built before 2012 in the (i) Yorkshire and the Humber, (ii) North, (iii) North West, (iv) South West, (v) East Midlands, (vi) West Midlands, (vii) East of England and (viii) London regions. (159715)

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Bath (Mr. Foster) on 8 October 2007, Official Report, columns 334-35W, for information about the number and location of Olympic size swimming pools in Yorkshire and the Humber; North West; South West; East Midlands; West Midlands; East of England; and London regions. There are currently no Olympic-size pools in the Northern region.

Since that reply, a new 50-metre indoor pool has been completed in Leeds (Yorkshire and the Humber).

A further four pools are either under construction or have planning permission in Liverpool (North West); Sunderland (North); Hillingdon (London); Portsmouth (South East). Discussions are also proceeding on proposals to develop further Olympic size pools in the South West, East of England, East Midlands, West Midlands and London regions, with a view to their opening before 2012.