HC Deb 22 December 1938 vol 342 c3068
26. Sir G. Fox

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education whether any action has yet been taken under the Physical Fitness Act to build and equip holiday camps for young persons; and whether, in view of the useful purpose which such camps might serve in an emergency, he can arrange to expedite their development if necessary in conjunction with the Lord Privy Seal's Department?

Mr. Lindsay

The Board's powers under the Physical Training and Recreation Act to make grants in aid of the building and equipment of holiday camps extend only to projects put forward by local authorities and local voluntary organisations. A number of applications for grants under the Act have been received and, except in a few cases, offers of grant have been made. My hon. Friend will no doubt have seen references in the Press to a scheme of holiday camps now under consideration by the local committee for London and Middlesex, and the National Fitness Council is actively considering the question of holiday camp provision in consultation with certain national bodies. My hon. Friend can be assured that in this matter there will be no lack of cooperation between the Lord Privy Seal and my Noble Friend.