§ Mr. Mathew
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what consideration he has given to the scheme put forward to him by the Lancashire County Council for creating a recreational centre on Aintree racecourse and for preserving arrangements to continue the Grand National thereon; what grant in aid from the Government is required; to what extent this grant will be forthcoming; and to what extent he will consider alternative plans for safeguarding the future of the Grand National.
§ Mr. Denis Howell
I welcome in principle proposals of this kind, and have discussed with representatives of the Lancashire County Council its proposal to develop the Aintree racecourse for the fullest possible use as a recreational centre. I recognise also the importance of Aintree as the home of the Grand National. I am considering the proposal carefully but am not able at present to give a reply about grant in aid.