Tour de France funding

A delegation of Yorkshire MPs is meeting the Culture Secretary to plead for public support for the region’s hosting of the Tour De France

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Minister for Sport and Tourism raises concerns

In a letter to the Chief Executive of Leeds City Council, the Minister for Sport and Tourism says it is "with regret" that he has to raise a number of concerns about its proposal.

Hugh Robertston MP thanks Tom Riordan for sending him Welcome to Yorkshire's business plan for the delivery of the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014. He continues

... you do not appear to have put in place any arrangements to deliver the event outside Yorkshire. There appears to be nothing in the business plan about the Cambridge and London legs of the event. I understand that your primary focus is on Yorkshire but I am sure you will agree that an event of this importance needs a single over-arching organising committee to ensure that it is delivered successfully from start to finish.

..... I am sure you will also agree that it is difficult, if not impossible, for UK Sport to consider funding for this event, until it has detailed information about the delivery of the event, as a whole, including the costs, not just the Grand Depart in Yorkshire. Furthermore, UK Sport cannot provide significant amounts of funding for the Welcome to Yorkshire tourism strategy. This is entirely outside of their scope, which is to deliver first class sporting events in the UK.

– Rt Hon Hugh Robertson MP, Minister for Sport and Tourism

In a handwritten footnote, he says:

"There is a real desire inside Government to get this right and get on with delivery. However we do not yet have confidence in the budget, which still seems very unsettled."

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