HC Deb 22 December 1938 vol 342 cc3096-7
71. Mr. Mathers

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the number of applications received by the respective physical training committees in Scotland for grants in respect of social centres since the physical training committees appointed under the Act of 1937 were constituted; how such applications were dealt with; and the number and amount of the grants actually paid or passed for payment.

Mr. Wedderburn

I am informed that the regional committees have received eight applications for assistance under the Act in connection with proposals for the provision of community centres. These proposals, which involve a total expenditure of about £200,000, are at present being examined by the Grants Committee or the regional committee concerned.

Mr. Mathers

Will the Minister endeavour to accelerate progress in this matter?

Mr. Wedderburn

I received a few weeks ago a deputation from the National Fitness Council and the Grants Committee, and various means of accelerating the examination of these matters was discussed.

Mr. Buchanan

Could the Minister not make representations to the Unemployment Assistance Board and similar bodies to increase the payments made to poor people, in order that they themselves might do something to contribute to the improvement of physical fitness?

Mr. Wedderburn

Perhaps the hon. Member will put that question on the Order Paper.

Mr. R. Gibson

Will the Minister circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT the names of the bodies which made the applications?

Mr. Wedderburn

I have them here. The list is rather long, and I will circulate it.

Following is the list:

Applications for assistance in connection with proposals for the provision of community centres have been received from the following bodies: