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Children: Physical Exercise

Volume 692: debated on Tuesday 12 June 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their target for the amount of physical exercise children should take; and how many children are meeting that target. [HL4175]

The DfES and DCMS share a public service agreement (PSA) target to increase to 85 per cent by 2008 the percentage of five to 16 year-olds who participate in at least two hours high quality physical education (PE) and sport each week, within and beyond the school curriculum. The 2005-06 school sport survey found that overall, 80 per cent of pupils in schools within school sport partnerships—more than 4 million pupils—participated in at least two hours of high quality PE and school sport in a typical week. Copies of the results of the survey have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.