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Swimming: Finance

Volume 477: debated on Monday 16 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department is contributing to the £140 million fund announced on 6 June 2008 to encourage local authorities to offer free swimming. (211450)

This Department is contributing £30 million of capital to the fund to encourage local authorities to provide free swimming, which was announced on 6 June. This capital funding will be available to improve swimming pools in schools which are available for community use. Working with the Local Government Association, the Department for Culture Media and Sport, Sport England and others we aim shortly to announce details of the allocation of this capital and the scheme more generally.