§ Mr. Colvin
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a further statement about the provision for children's play.
§ Mr. Macfarlane
In my statement of 4 May—[Vol. 42, c.75–76]—I announced Government support in principle for the new body in process of formation within the voluntary sector. This organisation has been formally launched today.
The voluntary movement has always played a major role in the provision of opportunities for children to play constructively and safely; this new organisation will help to provide a fresh stimulus for the development of improved facilities for children. Subject to parliamentary approval, I shall be increasing the Sports Council's grant 112W by £600,000 to enable the council to support the administrative costs of the new body during the current financial year.