HC Deb 05 April 1967 vol 744 cc236-7
36. Mr. Small

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what has been the extent of Government financial assistance towards the encouragement of Scottish sport and recreational activities in each of the last three years.

Mr. Millan

The total grant given was as follows:

  • For recreational activities: in 1964–65 £213,000; 1965–66 £253,000; 1966–67 £286,000.
  • For sport: in 1964–65 £137,000; 1965–66 £190,000; 1966–67 £289,000.
The figures for 1966–67 are provisional.

Mr. Small

I am pleased to hear the reply.

Mr. Speaker

Order. We must have a question.

Mr. Small

You will have a question, Mr. Speaker. Can I have an assurance from my hon. Friend that the commitment to the Commonwealth Games in 1970 will not be taken at the expense of the local authorities in terms of recreation grants?

Mr. Millan

The question of any assistance to the Commonwealth Games is being separately considered.

Sir Harmar Nicholls

How much of the grant which is mentioned will be taken back in the form of the Selective Employment Tax?

Mr. Millan

Very little, if any.