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Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department plan to meet the Youth Sports Trust Young Ambassadors when they deliver their petition against changes in his Department's expenditure; 
(5) whether the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families has met any of the Youth Sports Trust Young Ambassadors since his appointment; and if he will make a statement. 
[holding answers 29 November 2010 and 3 December 2010]: The Young Ambassadors is a scheme funded jointly by the Department for Education and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and
developed and run by the Youth Sport Trust, with additional help from private sector sponsors. It harnesses the passion of young people for competitive sports and uses this to get more young people involved. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has recognised the Young Ambassadors as part of its "Inspire" programme. I was very pleased to meet representatives of the Young Ambassadors on 7 December and recognise their energy, commitment, and the valuable contribution they make. I have offered a follow up meeting with a larger group of Young Ambassadors. The Department for Education intends to continue to fund the scheme through to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and is discussing with the Youth Sport Trust options to expand the scheme to allow every secondary school to have a young ambassador and also to include some primary schools.