Sport and Physical Activity: Young People

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th February 2004.

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Photo of Lord Moynihan Lord Moynihan Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What assessment they have made of the success of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's public service agreement for the spending round 2000, to "raise significantly year on year, the average time spent on sport and physical activity by those aged 5–16."

Photo of Lord McIntosh of Haringey Lord McIntosh of Haringey Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Culture, Media & Sport, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Media and Heritage)

As noted in the DCMS annual report 2003 (Cm. 5920), the results of Sport England's Young People and Sport National Surveys indicated that the average time per week spent on sport and physical activity by those aged five to 16 went from eight hours 23 minutes in 1999 to eight hours 12 minutes in 2002.

This target was replaced following the 2002 spending review with the PSA target that my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport shares with her right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Education and Skills to increase the percentage of school children who spend a minimum of two hours each week on high-quality PE and school sport within and beyond the curriculum. Detailed data are now being collected for the first time—for publication in April—on progress against the new target. Rebo

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