§ Mr. Adam Butler
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the powers possessed by local authorities to assist sporting activities; and if he will take steps to encourage authorities to use these powers to the full.
§ Mr. Denis Howell
The main power is given in Section 4 of the Physical Training and Recreation Act 1937. Further powers are provided in a number of other Acts. Available evidence suggests that local authorities are giving 563W more priority to sport and recreation than ever before. In the prevailing economic climate I hope they will concentrate upon getting value for money by ensuring that sports facilities, whether public or voluntary, are fully utilised.