Lords examines Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill

10 July 2019

The Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill had its committee stage, the first chance for line-by-line scrutiny, in the Lords on 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.

Report stage, a further chance to examine the bill and make changes, is yet to be scheduled.

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

Image: Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

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