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Sports: Disabled

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans his Department has to fund elite athletes with a learning disability who are ineligible to receive funding from the National Lottery Sports Fund from other sources; and if he will make a statement. (230111)

[holding answer 27 October 2008]: UK Sport is the Government body that funds elite athletes. Its funding is primarily focused on athletes eligible to compete at the Olympics and Paralympics. Funding is not currently provided to elite athletes with a learning disability as they not eligible for the Paralympics. Should athletes with a learning disability be re-introduced to Paralympic competition the provision of funding will be considered by UK Sport.