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Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures are in place to encourage an increase in the number of people taking the national standards for cycle training. (206772)

We announced in March this year grants of over £3 million to local authorities to train an additional 80,000 children to the national standard. We are also making available £1 million for direct cycle training grants to schools through the School Sports Partnerships. This will provide funds for around a further 25,000 children to receive national standard training.

This builds on the 46,000 children for whom we have already funded training via local authorities and School Sports Partnerships.

Further grants will be made available, through Cycling England over the next few years to achieve our target of providing cycle training for 500,000 children by 2012.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in meeting the Government’s national cycling strategy objective to increase cycle journeys to eight per cent. of journeys by 2012. (206773)

The White Paper on the Future of Transport (CM 6324) published in July 2004 announced a move away from the “one size fits all” national target towards working closely with individual local authorities to put in place sharper, more focused, local plans and targets for walking and cycling.

We announced in January a six fold increase in Cycling England’s budget to £140 million over the next three years to work with local authorities and others to increase cycling.