Minister proud of efforts on Commonwealth Games legacy

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Commonwealth Games and Sport Minister Shona Robison said she was proud of the efforts to make the legacy of this year's Glasgow Commonwealth Games a success, during a debate on 30 January 2014.

With 174 days to go until the opening ceremony, Ms Robison said: "I am proud of what we have achieved to maximise the reach of our legacy from the Games, ensuring it is felt in communities from Shetland to Hawick and everyone in between".

Ms Robison said she had been delighted to announce on 29 January 2014 that 5,000 "Legacy Tickets" were to be given away to young people, sports volunteers and disabled groups.

Glasgow City Council announced in November that it was to give 6,000 tickets away to children, community groups and over-60s in the city.

Ms Robison stressed the importance of children and the promotion of activity in the legacy aspirations.

On the security of the games, the minister announced she had received confirmation from Home Secretary Theresa May that the request for military assistance from Police Scotland had been supported in full and that the intention was that the UK Government would wholly absorb the costs of this resource.

Scottish Labour's sport spokeswoman Patricia Ferguson called on the minister to ensure that payday loan companies could not become sponsors of the games.

Liz Smith, the spokeswoman for the Scottish Conservatives for sport, called for "competitive sport to be enshrined in the legacy of the Commonwealth Games".

The second part of the debate can be viewed below:

Commonwealth Games legacy debate 2

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