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Swimming: Greater London

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many local authorities in Greater London have indicated that they have a short-fall in the funding awarded to them for the provision of free swimming. (249558)

I was delighted that of the 33 eligible London boroughs, 31 have chosen to participate in the free swimming programme.

In terms of the amount of funding available, the Government made it clear when the programme was announced that councils would not be forced to take up the offer. Indeed, we were keen that the programme should encourage local authorities to put in additional funding and to stimulate partnership at local level.