Ministry of Education and Department of Education and Science: Further Education Branch: Adult Welfare, Registered Files (AW Series)
Registered files of the Ministry of Education and Department of Education and Science, Further Education Branch concerning general adult welfare topics and voluntary organisations.
Files contain papers relating to grants made by the Education Department to national voluntary organisations and other bodies for the promotion of sporting and other local community facilities, including community centres and war workers' clubs.
The series also includes minutes and agenda papers of the Sports Council from its establishment in 1965.
In former file reference order within each block of records as they were transferred from the departments to the Public Record Office.
Department of Education and Science, Further Education Branch, 1970-1973
Department of Education and Science, Further Education Branch 1, 1964-1970
Department of Education and Science, Further Education Branch 2, 1964-1970
Department of Education and Science, Higher and Further Education Branch, 1973-1982
Ministry of Education, Further Education Branch, 1944-1963
Ministry of Education, Further Education Branch 1, 1963-1964
Ministry of Education, Further Education Branch 2, 1963-1964
The Ministry's statutory powers and responsibilities in the field of adult welfare were contained in the Physical Training and Recreation Act 1937, as amended by Section 53 of the Education Act 1944. This enabled direct grants to be made to voluntary organisations towards the capital costs of the establishment of facilities for physical training and recreation for the adult population.
In practice these grants were awarded mainly to assist in the provision of playing fields, swimming baths, community and other recreational centres and to aid national voluntary organisations. The provisions of the Act were suspended during the war years and resumed in 1945.
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