§ Mr. Rooker
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement regarding his talks with Birmingham City Council concerning the proposed staging of the Commonwealth Games in 1982.
§ Mr. Denis Howell
Following my talks with Birmingham City Council the Sports Council has offered a record £4 million grant towards the cost, estimated in January 1976 to be £8.4 million, of developing the necessary additional sports facilities in Birmingham should the city's current application to stage the 1982 Commonwealth Games be successful. The grant offered includes special funds made available by the Government through the Sports Council and will be available over the period of six years from 1977 to 1982.