HC Deb 04 November 2002 vol 392 cc80-1W
Bob Russell

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures she will take to support the UK delegation at the Dublin special Olympics world games. [78887]

Mr. Caborn

As the Special Olympics is a grassroots sporting event the United Kingdom delegation does not qualify for specific funding from either Sport England or UK Sport. I understand that in previous years the Special Olympics has canvassed for support from many organisations without relying on any one block grant.

My right hon Friend the Prime Minister has recently provided a message of support for the Special Olympics "Support an Athlete" fundraising initiative. "Support an Athlete" will be launched in January 2003 and will provide companies, individuals and schools with the opportunity to sponsor an athlete or an entire delegation for the duration of the Games. The monies raised will cover all costs involved in hosting the delegations during their two week stay, and includes food, transport, insurance and entertainment for that period.