Sports and Olympic Games

Commons Briefing Papers

12.04.2016Listed sporting events
This Commons Library briefing paper summarises the framework through which certain sporting events are "listed" to make them available to as many television viewers as possible.
21.03.2016The Horserace Betting Levy
This House of Commons Library briefing paper gives background to the Government's announcement that a new funding arrangement for British horseracing is to be in place by April 2017.
18.03.2016London Olympics 2012: a sporting legacy?
This House of Commons Library briefing paper looks at attempts to use the 2012 Olympics to increase grassroots participation in sport. It also looks at the new cross-government sporting strategy, published in December 2015.
12.02.2016EU referendum: impact of an EU exit in key UK policy areas
This paper looks at the current situation in a range of policy areas and considers how it might change if the UK left the EU: would UK citizens benefit? This would depend on how the Government filled any policy gaps left by withdrawal.
10.02.2016UK and European sea bass conservation measures
Seabass - an important fish species for commercial fishermen and recreational anglers. This note addresses issues around seabass Minimum Landing Size, stock management and current Government policy, and the emergency conservation measures in 2015/16
20.01.2016School Sport
This briefing provides information on the provision of physical education and sport in schools, including National Curriculum requirements, funding, the School Games, and regulations relating to school playing fields.
26.11.2015VAT and Sports Clubs
This note examines the VAT treatment of sports clubs - in the context of the change made in UK VAT law in 1994 to exempt from VAT certain sport supplies, and subsequent debate as to how these rules have affected golf clubs.
10.09.2015School Sport Partnerships
This briefing paper provides brief information on School Sports Partnerships, including their establishment and their funding.
24.02.2014Standing at football matches
Football clubs in the Premier League and Championship are required to provide all-seated accommodation for supporters. This followed Lord Justice Taylor's report into the Hillsborough Disaster of April 1989. At a meeting of Football League clubs in February 2014, it was revealed that a majority of the League's 72 clubs were in favour of reviewing the current position.
18.10.2013Qatar 2013
Qatar has the highest standard of living in the world and has been raising its international profile, not without controversy

Lords Library Notes

20.01.2016Work of the Ad Hoc Committees in 2013-14
This House of Lords Library briefing provides an overview of the work of the five ad hoc Lords Select Committees which reported in the 2013-14 session.
11.12.2015National Lottery Contribution to Sport, Culture, Charities and National Heritage
Lords Library briefing on the contribution of the National Lottery to sport, culture, charities and national heritage.
30.10.2015Regeneration of East London since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
This Library Note has been written to support the House of Lords debate on 5 November on the progress made in the regeneration of east London since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
22.07.2013Debate on 25 July: Contributions of English Premier League Football to the United Kingdom
This Library Note outlines the continued revenue growth witnessed in the Premier League, and the potential positive consequences this has on clubs and on the economy. The Note also considers the impact of the Premier League on local communities and fans, and its impact worldwide.
06.11.2012Debate on 8 November: Olympic and Paralympic Games Legacy
This Library Note explores the impact of the London 2012 Olympics on the UK economy, regeneration, sport and the broader cultural effects of hosting the Games.


01.12.2009Technology for the Olympics, December 2009
This POSTnote looks at technology plans for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, focusing on information communications technology (ICT).

Select Committee Reports

12.10.2011Football governance.
Government response. Department for Culture, Media and Sport report [Commons]
19.07.2011Football governance.
Culture Media and Sport Select Committee report [Commons]
28.06.20112018 World Cup bid.
Culture Media and Sport Select Committee report [Commons]
03.05.2011Draft Legislative Reform (Epping Forest) Order 2011.
Regulatory Reform Select Committee report [Commons]
07.04.2011FCO public diplomacy: The Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House is concerned about complaints from constituents that they cannot book hotel rooms of leading value chains in London during the London 2012 Olympics; and calls on the ...
That this House congratulates the award-winning Southern Water Learn to Swim scheme, which is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year; notes that the scheme has now helped to ...
That this House notes that in Belarus all theatre and art managers are appointed by the Ministry of Culture and approved by the head of state; understands that the Belarus Free Theatre ...
That this House welcomes the launch of the Livingston Youth Foundation Ltd, a ground-breaking new partnership between Livingston Football Club, the Scottish Football Association, West ...
That this House recognises the significant improvement in the standing of football in Northern Ireland; acknowledges the considerable improvement in women's football; the fact that ...


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