§ 11. Miss McIntosh
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the Government's policy is towards the hosting of major sporting events in the UK. 
§ Mr. Chris Smith
The Government are committed to attracting top international major sporting events to this country because they attract world wide audiences and can showcase the UK as well as helping to boost participation in sport. UK Sport's Major Events Strategy is aimed at ensuring that all bids are properly co-ordinated and based on sound financial planning. It is important to consider not just the sporting event itself but the wider opportunities presented for community regeneration and social cohesion.