Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 2nd March 2005.

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Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson Shadow Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport) 11:30 am, 2nd March 2005

Last week, the Government introduced a new licensing regime for all sports and community clubs across the country. Commenting on the new fees involved, the chairman of the Central Council of Physical Recreation said that

"the effect is likely to drive sports clubs out of business. It is completely unacceptable to devastate the British sporting landscape so that the Government can appear tough on crime."

Given that the Government made a number of commitments to the contrary during the passage of the legislation, why have they said one thing and done another?