§ Mr. Peter Ainsworth
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has held with the British Olympic Committee about the UK Sports Institute. 
§ Mr. Chris Smith
[holding answer 28 January 1999]: My hon. Friend the Minister for Sport regularly has meetings with Craig Reedie, Chairman of the British Olympic Association, to discuss a wide range of issues including the UK Sports Institute.
The BOA have a significant role to play in the development and success of the UK Sports Institute. Mr. Reedie is also deputy chairman of the UK Sports Council which is responsible for giving strategic direction to the UK Sports Institute. He is also a member of the newly formed UK Sports Institute Implementation Committee charged with the task of overseeing the development of the UK Sports Institute Headquarters.
Staff of the BOA are closely involved with UK Sports Institute Development Groups, UK and Home County Sports Council staff, and Governing Bodies of sport, in developing the services that the UK Sports Institute will deliver to elite performers.