HC Deb 28 June 1999 vol 334 c43W
20. Mr. Pound

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what facilities for children will be provided by the green spaces initiative funded by the New Opportunities Fund. [87217]

Mr. Chris Smith

By 2002 the New Opportunities Fund will have committed £125 million to projects throughout the UK designed to help urban and rural communities improve their environment by creating access to green spaces of educational, recreational, or environmental value to the community.

Many of the wide variety of projects which may be funded under the initiative will be of specific benefit to children. These are likely to include community use of green spaces for play and recreation, or the creation of safe routes to schools.

The New Opportunities Fund is consulting widely on the development of the initiative and plans to invite the first applications by the end of this year.

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