HC Deb 07 May 1996 vol 277 c99W
Mr. Pawsey

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what estimate he has made of the number of secondary schools which play regularly organised(a) cricket, (b) football and (c) rugby football. [27267]

Mr. Paice

[holding answer 26 April 1996]: This information is not collected centrally. The national curriculum requires that all pupils aged 11 to 16 should pursue games as part of their physical education. Precisely which games are taught is a matter for schools themselves to decide.

Evidence from the Office for Standards in Education inspections shows that the overwhelming majority of secondary schools offer traditional team games to their pupils, both within curriculum time and as extra-curricular activity.