HC Deb 18 June 1997 vol 296 c180W
Mr. Bob Russell

To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what action he intends taking to make darts a sport recognised by his Department. [1554]

Mr. Banks

I would like to see greater recognition of the enjoyment and recreation the game of darts brings to its millions of followers. Grants to individual sports come mainly from the English and United Kingdom Sports Councils, and they decide which activities and organisations should be eligible. The Sports Councils keep priorities under review.

I urge them to recognise the hugely popular sport of darts and I hope to discuss this matter with them.