§ Ms. Walley
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department is carrying out or sponsoring into the health benefits of cycling.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
The health benefits of safe physical activity are well established. The Allied Dunbar national fitness survey, published in June, includes comprehensive research data on the whole area of safe physical activity. The survey notes that cycling is a good aerobic exercise.
The "Health of the Nation" White Paper commits the Government, in consultation with others, to develop physical activity strategies in the light of the survey results. Work on this is already taking place.