§ 19. Mr. McEntee
asked the Home Secretary the number, situation, and sizes of police sports grounds in the Metropolitan 2088 police area; and whether such grounds, or any of them, are used by persons other than members of the police force or those playing matches with them?
§ Sir S. Hoare
As the answer is rather long, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Following is the answer:
§ There is a police sports ground in each of the districts of the Metropolitan police district—one of 30 acres adjoining the mounted branch training establishment at Imber Court; one of 24 acres at Hendon adjoining the Metropolitan police college sports ground which is about the same size; one of 10 acres at Leyton; and one of 22 acres at Hayes, Kent. In addition to the Metropolitan police and their opponents, members of the civil staff of the police offices who are members of the Metropolitan Police Athletic Association are allowed to use the grounds either for individual play or as teams. The Leyton ground is used for football on two days per week by regiments stationed at the Tower of London, this user being a condition of the sale of the ground to the police by the Army Sports Board. The Imber Court sports ground is, under a long-standing arrangement, used once per season by an outside hockey team (Surrey County) which consists very largely of members of the Metropolitan Police Force.
§ 20. Mr. McEntee
asked the Home Secretary the area of the police sports ground at Hendon; the price paid for the land; what amount of money has since been spent on the ground and the purposes for which it was spent; and will he give similar information in regard to the Imber Court sports ground, giving separately the cost of the sports pavilion?
§ Sir S. Hoare
As the answer includes a number of figures, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Following is the answer.
§ No. 2 District Sports Ground, Hendon, has an area of 24 acres and is part of an estate of 62 acres which was purchased at a cost of £150,819, including buildings. The estimated value of the sports ground is £10,800. The expenditure since acquisition and the purposes of the expenditure are as follow:2089
|Formation, drainage, etc.||906||0||8|
|Provision of club house in old pavilion||1,070||0||0|
|New tennis courts||293||0||0|
§ No. 1 District Sports Ground at Imber Court has an area of 30 acres and is part of an estate of 42 acres which was purchased for £17,943, including buildings. The estimated value of the sports ground is £9,000. The cost of the club house was £15,800, of which £14,366 was met from the Police Fund.
§ The expenditure on the sports ground and club house since acquisition has been as follows:
|Expenditure on club house and other buildings||2,196||10||0|
|Formation of additional tennis courts and bowling green||1,113||0||0|
|Miscellaneous expenditure on ground||117||6||0|
§ In addition, certain expenditure has been met from sports club and other unofficial funds.