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Petition by R Buist M Lumsden and D Swaddle  
Closed Petitions - Petition PE1318  
Petition by Megan Lumsden and Daniel Swaddle, Ronan Buist calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to give free access to all publicly funded leisure centres, including swimming pools, for all school aged children across Scotland.  
Petitioner: R Buist M Lumsden and D Swaddle  
Number of signatures: 209  
Date lodged: 9 March 2010  
SPICe Briefing: Briefing for PE1318 

Written Questions for PE1318  

Written Submissions for PE1318  

15 March 2010 :   The Committee took evidence from Ronan Buist, Megan Lumsden and Daniel Swaddle and agreed to write to the Scottish Government, UK Governmenta selection of local authorities (Fife, Highland, Glasgow City), Voice of Chief Officers for Cultural and Leisure Services in Scotland (VOCAL), Sportscotland, and the Scottish Youth Parliament seeking responses to points raised in the petition and during the discussion. <Link to Official Report 15 March 2010 

15 June 2010 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking a response to specific points. <Link to Official Report 15 June 2010 

26 October 2010 :   The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the grounds that the Scottish Government is committed to continue to encourage local authorities to provide free or reduced cost swimming to help achieve a number of strategic objectives and Single Outcome Agreements and that the experience reported by a number of local authorities is that granting free access to leisure activities does not necessarily guarantee an increase in the number of people participating, that for most people cost is not seen as the only or most important barrier to their participation in physical activity but rather that general interest and prioritisation of time are the mains issues. 

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