asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to be able to announce what Government resources will be made available for funding the building of the National Ice Skating Centre in Manchester.
It is unlikely that the city council could be informed before this autumn of its approved capital expenditure allocations for 1981–82 under the provisions of the Local Government, Planning and Land (No. 2) Bill. We are also unlikely to be able to tell the council before then what, if any, specific allocation could be made for the National Ice Skating Centre. The Sports Council has offered a £3·5 million contribution towards the scheme.