To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he has approved any funding towards the cost of the World Student Games in Sheffield.
The organisers of the World Student Games have made it clear from the outset that theirs was a private sector bid. The Government clearly stated that they would not be providing direct financial support to the games, since all central Government funding for sport is directed to the Sports Council. However, £9·45 million has been provided for games-related projects through urban programme funding, derelict land grant and city grant where normal programme criteria were fully met. In addition, the Sports Council has indicated that, subject to certain conditions, it would be prepared to earmark some £3 million in support of the games. Together these provide a substantial contribution to the games.