§ Mr. Denis Howell
There can be no precise answer to this question because so much sport and recreation is entirely informal. However, the Central Council456W for Physical Recreation has estimated that over 4 million people are affiliated members of governing bodies of sport, and that there may be over 12 million regularly participating in organised sport. Since no full statistics can be collected, I cannot be categoric in assuring my hon. Friend that participation in sport shows an increasing trend, but I should be very surprised indeed if this were not the case.