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Children: Sports

Volume 471: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate the Government have made of the total number of children not meeting the two hour sport and physical education public service agreement target. (181784)

The PE and school sport public service agreement set out in the comprehensive spending review 2004 is for 85 per cent. of 5 to 6-year-olds to be participating in at least two hours high quality PE and school sport by September 2008. The 2006/07 school sport survey found that 86 per cent. of 5 to 16-year-olds were doing the two hours. Around 900,000 5 to 16-year-olds are currently not doing the two hours, but we expect this number to reduce significantly by September 2008.