Sport inquiry

7th August 1998 at 01:00
AN INQUIRY into sport in schools following the introduction of the literacy and numeracy hours has been called for by an MP.

Last week Richard Spring, the Conservative member for West Suffolk, told the Commons that sport minister Tony Banks had "absolutely no idea" of what sport was being undertaken in schools and asked if he recognised the damage that the "undoubted marginalisation" of physical education in primary schools would have on sport.

Mr Banks said he had discussed the issue with Estelle Morris, school standards minister, a former PE teacher.

Mr Banks added: "She and I agree entirely on the importance of PE in schools, and I am certainly looking at a more co-ordinated way of trying to evaluate the range and intensity of sports in schools."

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