New Forest East

DCMS – SPORT IN SCHOOLS – 26 February 2001

Dr Julian Lewis: It is nice that the Government believe in some degree of competitiveness in schools, albeit only on the non-academic side. The Secretary of State [Chris Smith] says that the Government intend that pupils should have up to two hours of sport a week, but it is not clear what part of that will be within the school working day. Will the right hon. Gentleman at least give an undertaking that 50 percent of that time will be within the school working day? Otherwise, is it not a typical meaningless Government announcement?