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Swimming: Public Participation

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place in the Library a copy of representations received by his Department from the Amateur Swimming Association on making two million more people active by 2012. (247572)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Great Grimsby (Mr. Mitchell) on 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 2200W, and the position remains the same.

The Department has not received representations from the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) in relation to the policy of getting two million more people active by 2012. As the National Governing Body of Swimming, the ASA are working with Sport England to finalise their new whole sport plan. This will identify the contribution they will make to Sport England’s commitment of getting 1 million more people playing sport by 2012, as part of the wider 2 million target. The ASA are also working with the Department, Sport England, the Local Government Association and others in the design and delivery of the Government’s Free Swimming Programme.