asked the Paymaster General if the Manpower Services Commission will provide long-term funding for Playspace, a children's play project in Bradford; and if he will make a statement.
Playspace is currently funded under the community programme as part of the Bradford metropolitan borough council's agency. The agency has decided that it does not wish to support the project after December 1987. The Manpower Services Commission can fund community programme projects for up to 52 weeks. Sponsors should seek longer-term funding from other sources for services which are likely to fulfil a continuing need. I understand Playspace is now engaged in seeking alternative sources of funding.