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Sport England

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 20 October 2006, Official Report, column 1452W, on Sport England, whether she was aware that one of the candidates was personally known to the Minister for Sport when she consulted him on the two candidates recommended for appointment by the interview panel for the post of Chair of Sport England; and what safeguards were put in place to prevent a conflict of interests. (97796)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 20 October 2006, Official Report, column 1452W. In order to avoid any possible conflict of interests, the Minister for Sport was open with me and officials from the outset about the fact that one of the candidates was personally known to him.