HC Deb 09 March 2000 vol 345 cc794-5W
Mr. Gareth R. Thomas

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what action he is taking to encourage sporting links between private schools and state schools; and if he will make a statement. [113679]

Jacqui Smith

We are keen to encourage links between independent and state schools in all areas, including sport. The Government are currently considering the future role of sport and PE in schools, and part of that will involve developing links that can be made with the independent sector.

There is already good practice in this area including sharing facilities and teaching resources. We will seek to build on that.