asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has had any recent discussions with the principal sporting bodies in the United Kingdom concerning taxation matters.
I have had no such recent discussion. I had correspondence recently with the chairmen of the British Olympic Association and of the Central Council of Physical Recreation about one specific aspect of the taxation of sport.I was pleased to learn that the Sports Council had instituted a general inquiry into the whole subject, and look forward to receiving its report when it is ready.
:Considering the attitude of the Minister when he was a member of the Opposition, would it not be appropriate if he was to make a stand now in favour of these tax reductions that are called for by the sports organisations?
When I receive the report I shall consider it and I shall inform the Chancellor of the Exchequer of its contents.