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Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 11 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what criteria have been used to decide that the Sports Council of Northern Ireland does not recognise the British Cycling Federation as the governing body for cycling within Northern Ireland. [116444]

British Cycling does not operate in Northern Ireland whereas Cycling Ulster does, and it has a clear link with the world governing body—the Union Cyclist Internationale. On this basis, and given the four home country sports councils have an agreed policy of recognising only one governing body per sport; the Sports Council for Northern Ireland have decided to recognise Cycling Ulster.