chapter  4
State provision: the role of central and municipal authorities
ByG. Jones Stephen
Pages 22

In inter-war Britain leisure was also provided and regulated by organs of the State – by which is meant Central and sub-central Government, the administration, the police and the judiciary. 1 The scope of recreational services within the realm of the State was very wide. There were a number of legislative developments dealing with leisure activities and facilities and services for leisure were provided for the general use of the public. Furthermore, Central Government directly impinged on commercial and voluntary provision through a host of formal rules and regulations. The various agencies of the State had a network of official controls which performed a global role in channelling all kinds of recreational issues through the administrative process. It is indeed evident from the documents deposited at the Public Record Office in London that the State consistently intervened in the leisure province: relevant sources are to be found in the files relating to the Home Office, Metropolitan Police, Cabinet Office, Ministry of Education, Board of Trade, Ministry of Labour and so on. Also, at local repositories such as the Surrey Record Office evidence of an interest in sport and leisure can be found in judicial records, Local Government minute books and school log books. 2