HC Deb 17 March 1938 vol 333 cc589-90
59. Sir John Smedley Crooke

asked the Parlaimentary Secretary to the Board of Education what action has been taken by the National Advisory Council for Physical Fitness to carry out the Government's declaration that the Physical Training and Recreation Act was designed to help those who are desirous of obtaining facilities for physical exercise but who are not well off and without initiative; and what inquiries have been made amongst members of junior football clubs, or similar small athletic clubs, to ascertain their desires and supply their wants?

Mr. Lindsay

In considering applications for grant, and in assessing the amount of grant, in aid of facilities to be paid by the Board, the Grant Committee invariably pay close attention to the economic circumstances of the area or of the particular applicant organisation. As regards the second part of the question, it is one of the statutory functions of area committees to review the existing facilities and to survey the needs of their areas, and my Noble Friend has no doubt that in the course of this survey clubs and organisations of every sort will have ample opportunity of making known their own particular needs.