Sport: Disabled People

House of Lords written question – answered at on 25 October 2011.

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Photo of Lord Pendry Lord Pendry Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to increase participation in disability sport and to secure a legacy from the Paralympic Games in 2012.

Photo of Baroness Garden of Frognal Baroness Garden of Frognal Lords Spokesperson (Department for Culture, Media and Sport), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The Government are committed to leaving a strong and lasting legacy for disabled people all over the UK. We will strive to harness the inspirational power of the Games in order to accelerate progress towards achieving disability equality.

As part of Places People Play, the Government's £136 million lottery-funded legacy programme for the London Olympics and Paralympics, there is £8 million for a programme specifically targeted at inspiring more disabled people to take part in sport and providing more opportunities for participation.

There is a whole new approach through the School Games to significantly increase opportunities for disabled pupils to compete on a local, regional and national level. For the first time, through the Taking Part Survey, we will specifically measure participation rates of disabled children in competitive sport.

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