British Grand Prix

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 11th May 2009.

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Photo of John Baron John Baron Opposition Whip (Commons) 11th May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions his Department has had with third parties on the proposed relocation of the British Grand Prix from Silverstone to Donington; what support he plans to offer for such a move; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport) 11th May 2009

On 4 July 2008, Formula One Management signed a 10 year contract with Donington Ventures Leisure Ltd. (DVLL) to host the British Formula One Grand Prix at Donington from 2010. This was a commercial agreement between the parties concerned.

Ministers continue to discuss the hosting of the British Grand Prix with various parties and I recently visited Donington to discuss progress with the owners.

It is the Government's ongoing wish to see a British Grand Prix in this country and we continue to facilitate and support this where we can.

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