§ 27. Mr. Hinchliffe
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the Government's policy towards sport in schools.
§ Mr. Atkins
Physical education, which includes sport, will be a compulsory part of the curriculum in all maintained schools for the first time under the requirements of the national curriculum. All pupils of compulsory school age will be required to participate in a programme of physical education throughout all the key stages of the national curriculum.
As part of the Government's current review of their policies towards sport and active recreation, we are also looking at other ways in which children of school age can be encouraged to participate in sport both during and outside school hours, including through the further promotion of links between schools and local sports clubs.