Written questions allow Members of Parliament to ask government ministers for information on the work, policy and activities of government departments.

Historical written answers can be found in Hansard.

Find the latest written questions and answers for the 2017-19 session below


Written PQs & Answers

Football: Clubs

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 17:36

Lord Pendry - Labour

"To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made on the impact of the UK's withdrawal from the EU on the transfer of soccer players between clubs in the UK and the EU."

Lord Ashton of Hyde - The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

"The Government recognises the contribution that international talent makes to UK sport. We are in continuing discussions with the Football Association, Premier League and English Football League to better understand the potential impacts and opportunities that our exit from the EU may bring for football, including in relation to changes to freedom of movement."

Swimming: Primary Education

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:44

Lord Storey - Liberal Democrats Lords Spokesperson (Education)

"To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of primary school children leave their primary schools unable to swim."

Lord Agnew of Oulton - Conservative

"The Swim Group was set up in 2015, bringing together representatives from across the swimming sector. The government asked the Swim Group to submit an independent report setting out recommendations for improving curriculum swimming as part of the attached Sporting Future strategy. The report, also attached, found that almost a third (31%) of Year 6 pupils leave school unable to swim.

The Department for Education has established an implementation group, which brings together officials from across government with stakeholders. The group is reviewing the recommendations in the report with a view to agreeing what action to take to support more pupils to learn to swim.

The department does not collect or hold data on secondary school pupils."

Obesity: Children

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:42

Philip Davies - Conservative, Shipley

"To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made on the effect of the Active Movement programme on levels of childhood obesity."

Steve Brine - The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

"No assessment of the Active Movement programme has been made centrally. Physical activity and sport have an important role in maintaining and improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people, irrespective of their weight. They are a key part of the Government's childhood obesity plan."

Schools: Sports

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:40

Justin Tomlinson - Conservative, North Swindon

"To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to provide guidance on how the sport premium can be used in schools."

Nadhim Zahawi - The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

"The department published revised guidance for schools on the use of the physical education and sport premium in October 2017. This revised guidance can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pe-and-sport-premium-for-primary-schools."

Teachers: Training

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:38

Justin Tomlinson - Conservative, North Swindon

"To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make it his policy to increase the minimum number of hours training in physical education required as part of teacher training."

Nick Gibb - Minister of State (Education)

Physical education (PE) is a compulsory subject at all four key stages in the National Curriculum(2014). Through the primary PE and sport premium, the Government has invested over £600 million of ring-fenced funding to primary schools to improve PE and sport since 2013. An independent evaluation report into the premium was published in December 2015. It found that 87% of schools reported that the quality of PE teaching had increased since the introduction of the premium.

Providing the best possible initial teacher training (ITT) is at the heart of the Government's drive to improve teaching standards. All programmes of ITT must prepare teachers to demonstrate that they have met the Teachers' Standards (2011), and demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge. This includes physical education for all primary trainees, and for secondary PE subject specialists.

The amount of time that primary trainees spend in training on each of the subjects of the National Curriculum is not specified by Government. However, ITT providers must ensure that trainees meet all of the relevant standards by the end of their training."

Football: World Cup

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:36

Jim Cunningham - Labour, Coventry South

"To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department plans to run programmes to increase youth participation in football and other sports alongside the FIFA World Cup 2018."

Tracey Crouch - The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital Culture, Media and Sport

Our aim is to get more children and young people playing football and volunteering in the game and the 2018 World Cup in Russia promises to be a great opportunity for inspiring young people to take up and remain in the sport. Through the year-on-year investment, we will be funding grassroots programmes in schools and clubs and in the provision of new facilities and all-weather pitches that encourage greater levels of participation up to, during and after the World Cup.

The Government is committed to ensuring that all children and young people, particularly those who are currently least active or from under-represented groups, have the best opportunities to engage in sport and physical activity."