HL Deb 06 February 2002 vol 631 cc103-4WA
Baroness Anelay of St Johns

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What deadline they have set for the Performance and Innovation Unit (PIU) in its consideration of the structure for major international sporting events; and when they will publish the recommendations of the PIU. [HL1923]

The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn)

The Prime Minister has asked the Performance and Innovation Unit (PIU) to carry out a joint study with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport examining long-term sports policy.

The project team will consider the roles and responsibilities of government and the private and voluntary sectors in helping sport better achieve the objectives of increased grassroots participation in sport and elite sporting excellence. The project team will clarify the roles and responsibilities and interventions of government to help sport better achieve its own objectives. They will develop an overall strategy for guiding government's decisions on sports policy (including major events) and review the existing institutional and financial arrangements in the context of government's own wider objectives. The initial scoping note for the project is available on the PIU website (http://www.piu.gov.uk/2001/sport/ scope.shtml). My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport will be the sponsor Minister for the project. The unit aims to complete its study by summer 2002.