§ Mr. Sillars
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what assistance from central Government funds, public bodies, or sources known to him is available to junior football clubs for grounds and club room improvements.
§ Mr. McElhone
The Scottish Sports Council, whose grant-in-aid from the Government is expected to be £2.8 million in 1979–80, is the main source of financial assistance to sport in Scotland. The Council has a grants scheme to help local sports clubs to improve their facilities, and has special arrangements for football community involvement projects under which football clubs may be helped to adapt and improve their facilities for community use, especially by young people. Local authorities also have powers to provide assistance for sport and recreation.