Motor Car Sport, Motor Cycle Sport, Road Racing and Off-road Sports: Differentiation

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th March 2001.

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Photo of Lord Jopling Lord Jopling Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will ask public bodies which distribute funds to governing bodies of sporting organisations not to bracket motor car sport and motor cycle sport together; and not to bracket road racing with off-road sports.

Photo of Lord McIntosh of Haringey Lord McIntosh of Haringey Deputy Chief Whip (House of Lords), HM Household, Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)

The Sports Councils recognise 112 sporting activities. All new activities seeking recognition from the Sports Councils are required to meet a number of assessment criteria, in particular those relating to physical skill and effort. Motor car sport and motor cycle sport are separately recognised activities, with funding decisions taken independently and with each application for funding treated on a case by case basis. Similarly the Sports Councils do not bracket road racing with off-road sports.

This has been demonstrated by the Sports Councils over the last three years, with Exchequer support being provided to the Auto Cycle Union in respect of motor cycle sport. However, no funding has been provided to motor car sport.

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