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National Anti-doping Organisation

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

The Minister for Sport, at today’s UK Sport anti-doping conference, proposed that the UK’s anti-doping function be removed from UK Sport and established as a stand-alone National Anti-doping Organisation (NADO). This follows his agreement in principle, in December 2007, to this recommendation from the UK Sport board.

The Department and UK Sport have been working to agree a funding package for the new body and I am pleased to announce that this has been concluded, with a budget for the new NADO of £7 million for 2009-10 and 2010-11 up to the next spending review.

We have tasked UK Sport with responsibility for the delivery of this project, and they inform me that they expect the new functions of the NADO to be operational by the end of the year.

The Department will undertake a formal consultation and impact assessment on the proposals, and will report to Parliament in due course.