§ 48. Mr. Harry Greenway
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what additional playing fields and games facilities, including leisure centres, are estimated to have been established since 1979; what were the figures for the previous five years; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Atkins
It is estimated that during the period from 1980 to 1989 inclusive, 682 new sports facilities were built in England. This figure compares with the 478 that were estimated to have been built during the period 1975–79. No central record of playing fields provision exists.