Sport: Health and Well-being of Children and Young People — Debate

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 1:54 pm on 9th December 2010.

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Photo of Lord Pendry Lord Pendry Labour 1:54 pm, 9th December 2010

My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have taken part in this important debate. I think it was the noble Baroness, Lady Morgan, who set the tone that was followed by so many other speakers.

The noble Lord, Lord Addington, made another powerful contribution; there would be no debate in this House on sport if he did not do so. This is not to the detriment of the Minister, but it is baffling to many of us why, with his knowledge of sport, the noble Lord does not have a place on the Front Bench.

The noble Baronesses, Lady Grey-Thompson, Lady Massey, Lady Benjamin, Lady Jones of Whitchurch and Lady Campbell, all mentioned that sport was not only about team sports. It comes in various forms, all of which are incorporated in the school sport partnership and all of which are growing.

The noble Baroness, Lady Campbell, again shone with her vast knowledge of sport and I thank her. We are also indebted to the noble Baroness, Lady Billingham, for her usual major contribution from the Front Bench.

The Minister had a difficult task-bless her-following the stance taken by the Government, but she batted very well and I am sure that they will be proud of her in the other place for doing so.

The noble Lord, Lord Haskel, ticked all the boxes that made cycling such an important sport but he missed an obvious one-the use of a bike for a particular Minister, the Secretary of State for Education. He should certainly get on a bike and pedal away from his current job. That would be the best tick of all. I beg leave to withdraw the Motion.

Motion withdrawn.