HC Deb 25 November 1969 vol 792 cc54-5W
Mr. Owen

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he will list in the OFFICIAL REPORT the grants made by his Department for sports and recreation provisions in the county of Northumberland; how this compares with other counties; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Denis Howell

Grants to voluntary sports bodies over the whole of England and Wales during the year 1968–69 totalled £708,448 inclusive. Grants totalling £16,743 were made in that period for individual sports clubs in Northumberland as follows:

Name of Organisation Amount of Grant
Northumberland Gliding Club 2,986
Prudhoe Golf Club 4,681
Alnmouth Village Golf Club 1,265
Belsay and Whalton Cricket Club 2,097
Haltwhistle Golf Club 1,046
Hexham (Elvaston) Bowling Club 4,232
Tynemouth Rowing Club 436

Moreover, Northumberland receives payments of needs element of rate support grant, which is a substantial contribution towards its expenditure in general including expenditure on sport and recreation, and, in addition, receives resources element of rate support grant at 32 per cent. on such expenditure.