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Sport And Recreation

Volume 927: debated on Tuesday 8 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State f or Education and Science (1) what aspects of the recommendations concerning matters for which her Department is responsible contained in the White Paper "Sport and Recreation" of August 1975 have yet to be implemented; what action she now proposes; and if she will make a statement;(2) what consultation her Department has undertaken concerning recommendations contained in the White Paper "Sport and Recreation" of August 1975; what conclusions were reached; and what action is now proposed.

My Department was associated with the consultations undertaken by the Department of the Environment with the local authority associations and other bodies concerned on the recommendation for a study of education and training for recreation management, and with all institutions of higher education in the United Kingdom, about the possibility of developing centres of sporting excellence for outstanding young athletes. My Department will continue to collaborate with the Department of the Environment in respect of these proposals. I am sure that the education service will respond to those other parts of the White Paper which concern it.