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Swimming: Concessions

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bexleyheath and Crayford of 1 March 2010, Official Report, column 658, what discussions he has had with the Minister for the Olympics on the take up of free swimming initiatives by Bexley borough council; and on what date Bexley borough council commenced offering free swimming. (320737)

The Secretary of State has had no specific discussions with the Minister for the Olympics on the take up of the free swimming initiative by Bexley borough council.

Bexley borough council commenced offering free swimming in April 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what representations he has received from (a) members of the public and (b) local authorities on charging for swimming floats by leisure centres which participate in the Government’s free swimming initiative; (320891)

(2) whether funding provided under his Department’s free swimming initiative is intended to cover the use of (a) swimming floats and (b) other swimming aids.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has received no representations from members of the public or local authorities on charging for swimming floats by leisure centres which participate in the Government’s free swimming initiative.

The Government provide revenue funding to local authorities who are responsible for the delivery of the Free Swimming Programme. The scheme enables people aged 60 and over and young people aged 16 and under to swim for free.