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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Commons humour #1,497: High-level talks

Here's a top-notch extract from Hansard earlier this month, during questions to the Department of Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport on February 9th. It just goes to show that the Commons' sense of humour is, contrary to popular fears, very much alive and well...

9. David Rutley (Macclesfield) (Con): What steps his Department is taking to support increased participation in mountaineering, hill walking and climbing. [94339]

The Minister for Sport and the Olympics (Hugh Robertson): Sport England has awarded £1.3 million under the whole sport plan to the British Mountaineering Council between 2009 and 2013 to grow and sustain participation in mountaineering, hill walking and climbing.

David Rutley: As one of the co-chairmen of the all-party parliamentary group on mountaineering—we like to think of it as the pinnacle of APPGs—[Hon. Members: “Ah!”]—I thank the Minister for Sport for his ongoing support of mountain-related activities and of the British climbing team. As part of the Olympic legacy, the Outdoor Industry Association, supported by the BMC, is planning to launch a major new campaign, Britain on foot, to promote outdoor activities and to get people outdoors and keep them fit and healthy. Does my hon. Friend support those objectives, and could one of the ministerial team meet the organisers in the months ahead?

Hon. Members: A summit!

Hugh Robertson: I am having one of those days.

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