Access to Sport: People with Colour Blindness — [Derek Twigg in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:23 am on 15th March 2023.

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Photo of Liz Twist Liz Twist Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Minister (Scotland) 10:23 am, 15th March 2023

I thank all Members who have taken part today. Jim Shannon is always so supportive in pursuing these issues. He spoke very well about stadium safety, as well as the practical aspects. I thank him for his contribution.

I thank the two Front-Bench spokespeople—Marion Fellows and Jeff Smith—and the Minister for their responses. This is one of those debates where everyone knows there is an issue and everyone is looking to do the best thing, but we just need to do some more.

I thank the Minister for telling us about his personal experience of having colour blindness, and the practical difficulties it entails; I thank him for saying that he will continue to pursue the issues, especially through the sports strategy. He raised an important point about PE in schools, where there is that intersection between sport and education.

People who suffer from colour blindness face very real difficulties. There may be good anecdotes, but those people face real difficulties in their lives, not just in sport. It is good to hear that sport is, in some ways, leading the way in tackling the issues, but we need to make sure that the broader issues are picked up as well. I thank the Minister for agreeing to raise this matter through the broader sports strategy.

Question put and agreed to.


That this House
has considered access to sport for people with colour blindness.

Sitting suspended.