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UK Sport: Finance

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will break down the £30,000 allocated by UK Sport to the 2008 Legacy Lives Conference in Barbados by main budget heading; how many UK representatives are planned to attend the conference and at what cost per head; and how many of such representatives are expected to be UK Sport officials. (177947)

[holding answer 14 January 2008]: The £30,000 allocated by UK Sport to the 2008 Legacy Lives Conference is an award made to support the overall running costs of the event.

As the UK's lead agency for world class events, UK Sport has made this award from its international directorate budget as part of its ongoing strategy to promote greater knowledge and debate about the legacy benefits that arise from public investment in major sporting events. UK Sport aims to be a world leader in legacy benefits and its ambition is to influence event owners worldwide as to the importance of harnessing this element of major sporting events.

Two representatives will attend from the UK, both from UK Sport, following invitations to be a keynote speaker and a workshop moderator. As well as giving a keynote address, John Scott is also attending meetings in Barbados with colleagues from the Association of National Anti-Doping Organisations, of which he is vice-president.

The cost per head is approximately £1,500 and this has been met entirely from resources within the original £30,000 investment.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate UK Sport has made of the cost of sending a British baseball team to the final 2008 Olympics qualification event in Taiwan. (177948)

[holding answer 14 January 2008]: UK Sport's current investment strategy does not provide funding to baseball and has therefore made no estimate of the cost of sending a British baseball team to the final 2008 Olympics qualification event in Taiwan.

The sport will not receive world class funding in the future as it is not on the competition programme for London 2012.