Most Government funding of sport is made through the Sports Council. In 1991, the Sports Council paid grant of £20,000 to the National Federation of Anglers, the governing body for course fishing. The grant paid so far for 1992 is £15,000, but final levels of grant for that year and this are likely to be decided in May.
Will the Secretary of State ask his right hon. and learned Friend to confer with the 4 million anglers—it is the most popular sport in Britain—about the work of the proposed agency so that we can ensure that it benefits both the environment and the anglers who enjoy that most popular sport?
Does my right hon. Friend not find it slightly ironic that the cheers in favour of angling and fishing come from those who, on every other occasion, are against any form of blood sport?