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Swimming

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

10. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport by what procedure local authorities will be able to access Government funding for free swimming programmes; and if he will make a statement. (212575)

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave earlier to my hon. Friend the Member for Stafford (Mr. Kidney).

12. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what effect he expects his proposal to introduce free swimming to have on quality of life in areas of high deprivation. (212580)

There are some unique health benefits to swimming, particularly so for the over 60s. Swimming is also the most popular physical recreation for adults, and a key means of increasing the amount of exercise people take. But we know that cost can be a barrier to participation for some, and that this can be exacerbated in areas of high deprivation.

13. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the process is for local authorities to apply for central Government funding for the provision of free swimming. (212581)

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave earlier to my hon. Friend the Member for Stafford (Mr. Kidney).