HC Deb 28 June 1937 vol 325 cc1641-2
41. Mr. Noel-Baker

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education whether his Department has any information to give to the House about the change adopted recently by the Amateur Rowing Association in its rules regarding amateur status; and whether it is proposed to enter into consultations with this association relative to the physical fitness campaign?

Mr. Lindsay

I have been informed that resolutions have been passed by the committee of the Amateur Rowing Association and the stewards of the Henley Royal Regatta amending the amateur definition so as to omit the disqualification of persons engaged in manual occupations. I understand that the National Advisory Council will be very glad to consider, in consultation with the association, what steps can be taken to encourage this form of sport in connection with the Government's scheme.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Is the Minister aware that this very desirable change is largely due to the efforts of the senior Member for Cambridge University (Sir J. Withers), and will he convey to the hon. Member the gratitude of those taking part in this sport?