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Volume 491: debated on Thursday 30 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what baseline has been adopted against which to measure Sport England's progress towards the target of two million people regularly participating in sport by 2012; (269418)

(2) what baseline has been adopted against which to measure the Department's progress towards the target of two million people regularly participating in sport by 2012.

The Government's 2012 Legacy Action Plan (LAP), published in June 2008, sets a cross-Government target to get two million more adults active through sport and physical activity by 2012. DCMS and Sport England lead on getting one million more people doing more sport. A range of Government Departments will deliver programmes that will increase wider physical activity. Many of these programmes are outlined in the Department of Health's new Physical Activity Plan ‘Be Active, Be Healthy’ published on 11 February 2009.

Baselines for the two million and sports targets will be established using the 2007-08 Active People Survey. The baseline for Sport England's one million sports target is 6.8 million, whereas the baseline for the wider two million target will be calculated to take account of the additional data collected on dance and gardening from January 2009 onwards.

A newly established Physical Activity Programme Board, chaired jointly by the Department of Health and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, will oversee the delivery of the programmes against the LAP target.