of MPs has stated that Britain's reputation as a capable host of
international sporting events will rest with the outcome of the
Culture, Media and Sport select committee said today that the success
of the Games will help convince sporting bodies that the UK can
be trusted to organise and host such events in the future.
In a progress
report on the Games, Prime Minister Tony Blair came in for criticism
for failing to re-appoint a minister with special responsibility
for the games after the General Election. The report said Mr Ian
McCartney's appointment in that role "galvanised the whole process
and almost certainly saved the Games". It continued: "We were disappointed
that these arrangements were not continued after last year's General
Election ... and recommend that in future, when the Prime Minister
has created such a successful structure, he should stick with it."
The report also
added that the "legacy document" being produced after the games
"should identify the central core of employees ... whose expertise
should be available to other organisers of international sporting
events in the UK to ensure our success as a host in the future".