HC Deb 13 November 2000 vol 356 cc502-3W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what the average time is spent by each pupil per week on physical education in(a) primary and (b) secondary schools. [134709]

Jacqui Smith

The total number of hours spent on Physical Education is not available as the length of the school week varies from school to school. However, recent research by MORI confirms that the most popular out-of-school hours learning activity was participating in sport. It shows that the vast majority of schools have increased their extracurricular activities over the last two years. We have set an aspiration that all schools should provide two hours of curricular or extracurricular activities a week, and we are working to encourage schools and partners in the sports sector to deliver this through the Sports Strategy, an important part of which is promoting team games.