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British Sportsmen

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans his Department has to encourage distinguished British sportsmen actively to serve as role models for young people. [134369]

Kate Hoey: The Government Strategy for Sport "A Sporting Future for All" recognises the importance of good leaders and role models to help encourage young people to participate in sport and physical education. The Implementation Group established to focus on Sporting Excellence has been asked to look at the role elite performers might play in such an initiative.

Boxing

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the trends in the number of people participating in boxing in the last three years. [134362]

Kate Hoey: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport does not keep detailed records of participation in individual sports. Such information is usually kept by governing bodies.

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The Amateur Boxing Association of England has kindly provided the following figures:

Number
1997-986,493
1998-997,208
1999-20006,991

These figures cover junior and senior registered boxers.

Lacrosse and Hockey

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) lacrosse, (b) ice hockey and (c) field hockey matches he has attended in an official capacity since May 1997. [134361]

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Kate Hoey: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has not attended any of these events. I have accepted an invitation to attend the Women's Lacrosse World Cup to be held in High Wycombe next July. I have also attended the women's Olympic qualifying field hockey match between Great Britain and New Zealand on 28 March 2000 and the women's match between Great Britain and Argentina at the Sydney Olympics on 18 September 2000.

BBC News

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if the BBC's decision to move the BBC One evening news to 10 pm, together with consequent changes to the BBC One schedule, represents a material change under the terms set out in his Department's paper, 'BBC Public Services: Approvals'. [135700]

Mr. Chris Smith: No. Under the Charter and Agreement, the BBC is not required to seek my approval before it makes such scheduling changes.