§ Mr. Dunnett
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the total grant in aid to the Sports Council for 1978–79; and what is the percentage increase over 1977–78.
§ Mr. Denis Howell
Subject to the approval of Parliament, the grant is £14.2 million. This compares with £11.5 million for the last financial year, an increase of approximately 25 per cent. The increased funds now made available will be devoted largely to schemes in inner city areas, the youth sports programme, and schemes by major football clubs to give a lead to young people and encourage them to make more positive use of their leisure time. An announcement will be made later about appropriate cash block adjustments.