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Snowsport GB

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with Snowsport GB on its finances; and when he first became aware of Snowsport GB's financial situation. (317371)

The chair of Snowsport GB wrote to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on 14 December 2009, informing us of their recent financial difficulties.

This followed a request in July 2009 for the Department to act as guarantor for a number of loans that Snowsport GB was seeking to raise from the private sector. Snowsport GB representatives discussed their situation and the way the organisation had been managed with DCMS and UK Sport officials on both occasions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he has had recent discussions with (a) the British Olympic Association and (b) others on Snowsport GB. (317372)

I have had no recent discussions with the British Olympic Association or others on Snowsport GB.

Officials from my Department and UK Sport had contact with the British Olympic Association regarding contingency plans to support the participation of the ski and snowboard teams in the Vancouver Winter Olympics.