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Swimming: Concessions

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on the free swimming initiative in each quarter of 2009 for which figures are available. (318911)

[holding answer 26 February 2010]: The funding structure of the programme, with grants going to local authorities covering each financial year, means that quarterly spend figures for the Department are not available.

The Free Swimming Programme (FSP) is a £140 million package comprising contributions from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Department of Health, the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Communities and Local Government. This is broken down into £10 million (capital funding) in 2008-09 and £65 million (a mixture of capital and resource) in each year for 2009-10 and 2010-11.