MPs get say on whether to fund event
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.