MPs get say on whether to fund event

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

MPS have been given three weeks to tell the gov­ern­ment if they ob­ject to spend­ing hun­dreds of mil­lions of pounds on hold­ing the Com­mon­wealth Games in Birm­ing­ham.

They have been told they have un­til Oc­to­ber 31 to ob­ject.

The cost of hold­ing the 2022 Com­mon­wealth Games in the city is ex­pected to be be­tween £600 mil­lion and £750 mil­lion, al­though no of­fi­cial fig­ure has been given.

And the Gov­ern­ment has agreed to fund 75 per cent of the cost. That could mean at least £450 mil­lion.

But Cul­ture Sec­re­tary Karen Bradley has now in­vited MPs and mem­bers of the House of Lords to tell her whether they ob­ject to spend­ing the money.

In a writ­ten state­ment to the House of Com­mons, she said: “Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans may sig­nify ob­jec­tions by giv­ing no­tice of a Par­lia­men­tary Ques­tion or by oth­er­wise rais­ing the mat­ter in par­lia­ment by 31 Oc­to­ber. Fi­nal ap­proval to pro­ceed with in­cur­ring the li­a­bil­ity will be with­held pend­ing an ex­am­i­na­tion of the ob­jec­tion.”

The state­ment only prom­ises to ex­am­ine ob­jec­tions - po­ten­tially al­low­ing the Gov­ern­ment to pro­ceed with the bid even if some MPs or Lords op­pose it.

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