Supplementary memorandum submitted by
the Department for Culture, Media and Sport
4 DECEMBER 2000. EACH
Q1. What role will the Department play in
the organisation of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the
2002 Commonwealth Games in view of its funding commitment?
The Government will provide £10.5 million
towards the costs of the Opening and Closing ceremonies which
will be an important showcase for the UK on the world stage. It
will be for Manchester 2002 Ltd to determine the creative content
of these events but DCMS officials will monitor the process to
insure proper use is made of taxpayers' money; for example DCMS
officials were present during the selection process for the event
Q2. The Department's memorandum states that
"positive lessons were learned from the staging of the Rugby
World Cup about organising the transport infrastructure, ticket
allocations and sales". What were the lessons and what role
did the Department play in disseminating them?
Whilst the Rugby World Cup was considered to
be a successful and well attended event and received a good assessment
from a tourism perspective from the Welsh Tourist Board, regrettably
there were some difficulties in the areas of transport infrastructure,
ticket allocation and sales. UK Sport's Major Events Steering
Group who will ensure that the lessons learnt will be disseminated
so that they are taken into account by the organisers of future
major events hosted in the UK.
Q3. What matters were discussed and what was
achieved at the first meeting of the Government and Agencies Committee
on 28 October?
The Government and Agencies Committee machinery
was set up as part of UK Sport's Major Events Strategy, in particular
so that the events industry could link into Government. The meeting
on 28 October 1999 agreed the Committee's terms of reference (copy
attached) and discussed a wide range of key issues including developments
on: the 2002 Commonwealth Games; the 1999 Rugby World Cup; the
2006 Football World Cup bid; bids for the 2003-05 World Athletics
Championships; and a possible future Olympic bid. Future meetings
of the Committee are to a large extent determined by the demands
of the Steering Group. The next meeting of the Committee will
take place on 20 February 2001. The Committee asked to see the
minutes of the first meeting of the Committee. However, in order
to encourage frank discussion and complete openness at the meeting
of the strengths and weaknesses of the major sports events which
have been held, we feel that the terms of the discussion should
be afforded confidentiality.
Q4. Does the Government have any plans for
direct Government assistance to or involvement in the 2003 and
2005 athletics events?
The Government believes running major sporting
events is best left to the sports themselves and does not give
any direct financial assistance to such events although UK Sport
and Sport England have the power to do so if they so determine.
UK Sport provided support for both bids. Whilst UK Sport will
also support the staging of the 2003 athletics event, Sport England
will provide support for staging the 2005 event. The Government
will play a full and active part in assisting the organisers to
deliver successful events. The Department for Culture, Media and
Sport stands ready to assist in co-ordinating contacts across
Government for the event organisers and, where necessary, to draw
together those involved in assisting with the infrastructure required
to stage the event. Thus for the 2005 World Athletics Championships
the Secretary of State or the Minister for Sport chairs the Lee
Valley Stadium Forum to enable all interested parties to exchange
information and in addition, DCMS officials are in regular contact
with UK Athletics, the Lee Valley Park Authority, the London Development
Agency, London Borough of Enfield, Sport England, UK Sport, Middlesex
University, the Mayor of London's office and other key agencies.
UK Sport will draw on experience gained from staging major events
and look to develop their support in the future; they anticipate
that the Government and Agencies Committee will discuss this issue.
Q5. What is the Department's view on the comments
in paragraph 9 of the Commonwealth Games Federation's memorandum
regarding Government underwriting of major events?
The Government welcomes the Commonwealth Games
Federation's acknowledgement of the extent and strength of the
Government's commitment to the successful organisation of the
2002 Games. The Government believes that bids for major international
events should be based on the firmest of financial plans, and
that events should leave a legacy. This was one of our key reasons
for fully supporting the launch of UK Sport's Major Events Strategy
in 1999. In most cases it is primarily for the bidding city and
relevant governing body to determine the extent of the benefits
of staging the event and accordingly ensure that any risk in securing
those benefits is underwritten. It was on this basis that Manchester
City Council undertook, early in the bidding process, to underwrite
the costs of the 2002 Games. Clearly, however, there is a major
role for both central and local Government in ensuring that the
infrastructure is in place which is capable of sustaining a successful
Q6. Does the Government consider that the
new IOC Games selection system meets the requirements set out
earlier by the Government of a system which is seen to be transparent
and honest and can enjoy the confidence of all bidding cities
and of the entire Olympic movement?
The Government has welcomed the IOC reforms
of its selection criteria in so far as they have gone, and we
particularly welcome the IOC requirement which now firmly commits
bidding cities for the Olympic Games also to cover the arrangements
for the Paralympics. However, the new procedures have not been
sufficiently tested to enable anyone to state categorically that
the system is transparent, honest and enjoys the confidence of
the Olympic Movement and the public. In July, the successful bid
for the host city of the 2008 Olympic Games will be announced.
We will be paying close attention to how the new procedures operate.
Q7. What action has the Government taken to
prevent unauthorised hospitality at major sporting events?
The issue of unauthorised hospitality is one
primarily for the organisers of major events and the governing
bodies concerned in order to protect the revenues of their event.
The Government would not want to prevent those lawfully offering
hospitality in the vicinity of a major sports event from providing
services appreciated by those attending the event. However, the
public does need to be protected from those unlawfully claiming
to offer official hospitality linked to the event. Local trading
standards officers will be responsible for monitoring this activity
and it is in the interests of those staging major events to work
closely with their local trading standards team.