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Hansard 9 Nov 1998: Column 8 ...
Hansard 9 Nov 1998: Column 8

Sports minister Tony Banks yesterday promised to pilot a scheme for cages - providing safe areas for football, basketball and netball in urban areas - if Southwark LBC presented a proposal to him.

He was replying to Simon Hughes, Liberal Democrat MP for Southwark North and Bermondsey, who said if the cages were properly looked after they are secure and very good value for money.

Mr Hughes asked: 'Will he consider an initiative to try to get such proposals up and running - with partners, if possible - in local authority areas where large numbers of people live in council housing? If I presented him with a proposal for the borough of Southwark, to be run as a pilot scheme, would he consider it to see whether it might be extended to other local authorities throughout the country?'

'The short answer is yes to both questions', said Mr Banks.
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