§ Mrs Lait
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage (1) what administrative procedures are involved in the transfer of the responsibility for chess from the Department for Education to his Department;
(2) when he expects responsibility for chess to be transferred from the Department for Education to his Department.
§ Mr. Sproat
I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my hon. Friend, the Under-Secretary of State for Further and Higher Education on 15 March 1995,Official Report, column 620, on the current nature and extent of the Department for Education's interest in chess. I am currently considering whether it would be appropriate and practicable for my Department to take an interest in sponsoring chess.