HC Deb 10 February 1938 vol 331 cc1272-3W
Captain P. Macdonald

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education whether it is within the scope of the bodies set up under the Physical Training and Recreation Act to encourage utilitarian exercise, such as assistance with agricultural reclamation work as well as games and straightforward physical exercises?

Mr. Lindsay

The adoption of suitable methods of encouraging physical training and recreation is one of the matters which the National Advisory Council would properly investigate, and on which they would advise His Majesty's Government, and I understand that, so far, the particular point raised by my hon. Friend hs not been considered. My Noble Friend does not regard the utility of any particular form of exercise as constituting in itself any ground for adopting or rejecting it; the overriding consideration is the extent to which is promotes physical well-being. It is, however, not one of the objects of the Government's scheme to provide the means of carrying out works of public utility.