Memorandum submitted by the Cabinet Office
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT TO THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES
1. In its Fourth Report in the Session 1998-99
the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee recommended that
the Government should involve itself more closely in the strategic
management and promotion of the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games.
In its response (Command 4575) the Government noted that the Prime
Minister had appointed Ian McCartney, the Minister of State at
the Cabinet Office to have special responsibility for co-ordination
of the Government's interest in the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
2. Immediately following his appointment
the Minister of State took a close look at the organisational
structure for the Commonwealth Games and made a number of recommendations
about its organisation which were implemented. He also recommended
that there be a cross-Whitehall committee to ensure a co-ordinated
Government response. This has been established with the Minister
of State in the Chair. The Task Force has met seven times, most
recently last month. It brings together Ministers and officials
from all Whitehall departments with an interest in the Games:
Home Office, FCO, DfEE, DSS, Customs and Excise, DCMS, DfID, MOD,
DTI, Treasury, Department of Health, Government Office North West
as well as the Games' organisers.
3. The Task Force terms of reference are
attached. The Task Force has addressed a wide range of issues
concerned with Government support to the Games from volunteers'
benefits through military participation in the opening and closing
ceremonies to sponsorship, medical support and security issues.
4. The Government has made substantial support
available to the Games. Besides Lottery grants through Sport England
of £131 million towards facilities which will be used in
the course of the Games, a grant of £10.5 million has been
made towards the opening and closing ceremonies. Other contributions
by Government or Government bodies cover:
Providing Assistant Medical Director
to the Games (£102,000);
Funding a range of education projects
for the Spirit of Friendship Festival (£1.287 million);
Funding by the Arts Council of England
for Creative Producer for the arts element of the Spirit of Friendship
Festival (£100,000); and
Spirit of Friendship Festival in
the North West (£1 million Lottery funding and £0.5
million Single Regeneration Budget funding).
5. Sponsorship is important to the success
of the Games. The organisers set an ambitious revenue target which
the Government has supported them in achieving. The Prime Minister
and other Ministers have encouraged sponsorship in line with the
Games' message of "Count Yourself In". Ministers' involvement
in this way has demonstrated to potential sponsors the importance
with which the Government views the Games and has given them assurance
of Government commitment to the Games' success.
6. The Minister of State at the Cabinet
Office has been supported in his responsibilities for the Games
by officials in DCMS. He has however recently appointed a Senior
Civil Servant in the Cabinet Office, Robert Raine, to provide
him with full-time support on the Games. Mr Raine will work closely
with DCMS and other Whitehall departments and with the Government
Office for the North West in ensuring that Government support
is delivered effectively.