HC Deb 23 December 1976 vol 923 cc258-9W
Mr. Corbett

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he proposes to announce the membership of the committee to study recreational management training.

Mr. Denis Howell

Consultations on the proposed study on recreation management training, foreshadowed in paragraph 39 of the White Paper on Sport and Recreation, Cmnd. 6200, are now complete. My right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Environment and for Education and Science have decided to appoint an independent committee to assess the needs and opportunities for the training of recreation management and supervisory staff. I am arranging for the committee's full terms of reference to be made available in the Library of the House.

I am happy to inform the House that Mrs. Ann Yates has agreed to accept the chairmanship of the committee. It is hoped that the other members will be appointed shortly.

It will be understood that, while the present economic situation lasts, the Government will not be able to endorse any recommendations which would be likely to involve increased local or central Government expenditure. Despite that constraint, we remain convinced that there is important work to be done by the committee in this field. The local authority associations have been consulted and are agreeable to the study going ahead on that basis.