HC Deb 07 August 1941 vol 373 cc2139-40W
Mr. Holmes

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether his attention has been called to the action of the Football League in calling upon the 11 London clubs who are members of the League to carry out a programme requiring each club to travel nearly 9,000 miles; that these clubs, together with certain others, have determined to carry out a competition amongst themselves which will only involve 3,000 miles of travel for each club; and whether he will take action to limit the amount of travel by clubs during the coming football season?

Colonel Llewellin

We have not been consulted by the Football League as to their programme for next season but I should like to take this opportunity of warning all concerned that facilities cannot be given for unnecessarily long journeys and that while the Government is anxious that a reasonable amount of recreation should be available, the travel of workers and transport of war materials must come first and will not be allowed to be impeded. Programmes should therefore be arranged accordingly.