HC Deb 30 June 1965 vol 715 c106W
Mr. Rose

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what action he has taken or proposes to take to assist the provision of sporting facilities in the North-West area, with particular reference to Manchester.

Mr. Crosland

Offers of grant under the Physical Training and Recreation Act to local voluntary sports bodies in Lancashire and Cheshire since January, 1964, have totalled £127,981, including £11,405 to bodies in Manchester. Increasing use is being made of this scheme for assistance. The main responsibility for providing sports facilities lies with the local authorities. I have no powers to give specific assistance to local authorities, but I am discussing with representatives of the local authority associations arrangements for encouraging consultation and collaboration between the local authorities on a wide geographical basis for the provision of sports facilities.