§ Mr. Rogers
asked the Minister of Works if, in view of the fact that he has granted repair licences to the Aintree and Epsom racetrack authorities for the restoration of grandstands, he will state what sports grounds and arenas are to be given building priority over housing.
§ Mr. Tomlinson
The hon. Member is in error in describing the work which is being authorised at the Aintree and Epsom racecourses as restoration. Licences have been issued for the execution only of such first-aid repairs to the stands and grounds at Aintree and Epsom as will enable the racecourses to be brought back into use in 1946. The bulk of the labour to be employed will be of a specialist nature not required for housing. No priority over housing is to be given to any sports grounds or similar establishments.