Government introduces Commonwealth Games Bill for Birmingham 2022

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Preparations for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games have reached a major milestone with the publication of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill.

The Bill aims to ensure:
• unauthorised sales of Games tickets is prohibited
• transport around Games locations flows effectively
• commercial rights are protected
• the government’s funding of the Birmingham 2022 Organising Committee continues to comply with financial propriety rules

Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “We want Birmingham 2022 to be as successful as possible in all regards – from the way the sporting action is organised to the way people move around the city and the consumer protection measures that ensure the thousands of spectators coming to the city can enjoy their stay here as much as possible.

“Major sporting events held in the UK in the recent past show how important legislation is to achieve these aims. The Bill that is being introduced will help ensure the city remains open for business during a memorable and successful Games.”

David Grevemberg CBE, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said: “The Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill is an important milestone that will enable the West Midlands to deliver a hugely successful multi-sport competition in 2022.

“The Commonwealth Games will provide a huge boost to Birmingham and act as a stimulus package for regeneration, social cohesion and economic diversification.

“The UK has a fantastic opportunity to raise the bar for the Commonwealth Sports Movement and with just over three years to go, I believe we have all the ingredients for an incredible Games that will leave a lasting legacy for future generations.”

What’s in the bill?

The Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill contains a number of measures which all have precedence in previous legislation for major sporting events, including legislation passed for the London 2012 Olympics and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Commercial protections
• Only those authorised to associate with the Games – such as those who have contributed to the costs of delivering the Games – may do so.
• Unauthorised advertising and street trading in the immediate vicinity of Games locations will be restricted.

Ticketing
• Unauthorised sale of tickets for the Games will be prohibited.

Transport
• The measures will allow short term changes of road use to ensure those travelling to and from the Games can do so quickly, safely and with minimal disruption.
• The bill will set a statutory basis for the Games Transport Plan.

Funding
• The bill will require evidence of financial propriety for ongoing government funding of the Organising Committee for the Games.

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