Sports City

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd December 1974.

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Photo of Mr Donald Anderson Mr Donald Anderson , Swansea East 12:00 am, 2nd December 1974

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received about the concept and location of the proposed Welsh Sports City.

Photo of Mr Barry Jones Mr Barry Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Welsh Office)

Since the Sports Council for Wales submitted its report my right hon. and learned Friend has received 22 representations about the location of the sports city, including one which also questioned the concept.

Photo of Mr Donald Anderson Mr Donald Anderson , Swansea East

Does my hon. Friend agree that in the present economic climate it would probably be a wiser use of resources to concentrate on building up existing sports facilities in the Principality and creating modest and less costly new facilities?

Photo of Mr Barry Jones Mr Barry Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Welsh Office)

There is a substantial measure of agreement between myself and my hon. Friend who is always making the point that his locality should have extra provision. I cannot hold out any hope of this scheme going ahead when there is so much demand for money for more schools, housing and hospitals.

Photo of Mr Ian Grist Mr Ian Grist , Cardiff North

Does the Minister accept that many of us would indeed agree that at a time of financial stringency, such as this moment, the eventual building of this sports city must be delayed? What would not be acceptable would be a delay in accepting the recommendations of the Sports Council for Wales which went into the matter in great detail. It would not be acceptable to the City of Cardiff if there were delay in accepting those recommendations. Cardiff is the premier sports city of Britain, and it wants to make provision at least for the eventual building of that sports city.

Photo of Mr Barry Jones Mr Barry Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Welsh Office)

I think that both matters would have to be delayed. However, we shall consider very carefully all the representations that have been received on this issue.