Lords examines Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill

25 July 2019

The Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill had its report stage, a further chance to examine the bill and make changes, in the Lords on Wednesday 24 July.

 Members discussed a range of subjects, including:

  • annual reporting by the Organising Committee on its progress towards delivery of the games
  • preparation of a Charter for the games, which would prohibit any form of discrimination, protect human rights and embrace sustainable development
  • disability access
  • funding.

Following a debate in the chamber a number of amendments were agreed to.

On Monday 9 September, members considered a 'carry-over motion', proposed by Baroness Barran, which would allow the Lords consideration of the bill to continue after a dissolution or suspension of Parliament. The motion was agreed without further debate.

Third reading, a chance to 'tidy-up' the bill and make changes, is yet to be scheduled.

Lords committee stage: Tuesday 9 July

Members discussed a range of subjects, including accessibility for disabled people to all facilities at the Games, implementation of anti-doping provisions and the administration of visas for athletes and spectators from overseas.

Lords second reading: Tuesday 25 June

Members discussed a range of subjects highlighted by the bill, including:

  • the legacy of the Commonwealth Games and the future benefits to the people of Birmingham and the West Midlands
  • the continued development of a High Speed Rail line between London and the West Midlands
  • the Games' shortened organisational timeline due to Birmingham's status as a replacement for Durban, South Africa as host city.

Lord Ashton of Hyde (Conservative), parliamentary under-secretary in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, opened the debate on the bill and responded on behalf of the government.

Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill summary

This bill aims to:

  • provide operational support for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, to be held in Birmingham and other venues across the West Midlands
  • empower government ministers and the Organising Committee to ensure delivery of the Games in relation to funding, ticketing, advertising, trade and transport.

Further information

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