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Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages

Published Friday, June 14, 2019

This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill [HL], scheduled to take place on 25 June 2019.

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The next Commonwealth Games are set to take place in Birmingham between 27 July and 7 August 2022. The Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill [HL] is a government bill that would provide the legal basis for certain time-limited measures in support of the games. It had its first reading on 5 June 2019. It is scheduled to receive its second reading on 25 June 2019.

The bill would provide the legal basis for certain time-limited measures in support of the games. These are grouped in four main areas: 

  • funding;
  • association with the games;
  • ticket touting, advertising and trading; and
  • transport.

The provisions have precedence in legislation for previous sporting events, such as the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games and the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. 

The bill has been welcomed by individuals including John Crabtree, chair of the Birmingham 2022 organising committee; Ian Ward, Labour leader of Birmingham City Council; Andy Street, Conservative mayor of the West Midlands; and David Grevemberg, chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0077

Author: Thomas Brown

Topic: Sports and Olympic Games

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