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Football Club, Huddersfield (Stand)

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 November 1950

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asked the Minister of Works if he has yet granted a licence for the repair of Huddersfield Town's grandstand; and how much money he has permitted to be spent upon this project.

Licences totalling £14,000 have now been issued for the reinstatement of Huddersfield Town's grandstand.

How is it that the Minister can agree to grant a licence like that but declines a licence for the Ilkley war memorial?

Probably the same material is not involved. Perhaps I should tell the House that, when the complete embargo on replacements for recreational purposes was lifted, it was thought right, in certain of the towns where football grounds had been completely blitzed, that a certain amount of money should be made available for this purpose. This was done with the utmost discretion, and Huddersfield Town happens to be one of the clubs which benefit.

In view of the Huddersfield Town club's absolutely appalling record, would it not have been better if they had spent this money on buying some decent players?

I must leave my hon. Friend to fight that out with certain of his hon. Friends below the Gangway.

Surely the right hon. Gentleman appreciates that the Ilkley War Memorial is to take the form of shelters for old people. As that is a form of recreational facility, would he not reconsider the matter?

Now that my attention has been drawn to the question, I will certainly look into it.