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Sports Council

Volume 884: debated on Wednesday 22 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the amount of grant that will be available to the Scottish Sports Council for 1975–76; and what increase this is on 1974–75.

My right hon. Friend is still considering the matter and will announce a decision as soon as possible.

That is disappointing news. By this time last year the sports council had been awarded a substantial grant by the Conservative Government. When does the chairman of the sports council hope to announce his decision on the inquiry into Hampden Park? Will the Government commit themselves to giving official assistance towards the rebuilding of that important national stadium?

I understand that the report on the future of Hampden Park is expected in the spring. The committee is aware of the urgency and importance of the problems concerned. The Government will have to see what the report says and consider the financial implications before committing themselves to any specific grant.

If there is any spare money going, would it not be better to put it into the grant-aided schools?