Government Inquiries

goverment inquires

Birkbeck Sport Business Centre staff are frequently asked to provide evidence or advice to parliamentary inquiries:

House of Commons Culture, Media & Sport Committee Inquiries into the Governance of English Football (2011, 2013 & 2016)

In the Spring of 2011 the House of Commons Culture, Media & Sport Committee conducted an inquiry into the governance of the English football industry.

The Birkbeck Sport Business Centre (BSBC) submitted written evidence to the inquiry. Sean Hamil took part in the first oral hearing a recording of which is available on the Culture, Media & Sport Committee website. Aspects of Sean Hamil’s evidence were subsequently referenced in coverage of the Committee hearing in The Guardian and The Telegraph newspapers.

The final report was published on Friday 29th July 2011 and will be of interest to anyone researching the governance of sport in the UK. The BSBC subsequently organised a public debate on the subject of the final report’s findings which was addressed by Committee members Damian Collins MP and Therese Coffey MP, AFC Wimbledon Chief Executive Erik Samuelson, and Danny Davis from the Mishcon Da Reya legal firm who is an expert in insolvency law.

In October 2011 the UK government responded directly to the Committee report’s recommendations. The Minister for Sport, Hugh Robertson MP, summarised the government’s response in an interview with the BBC.

The Culture, Media & Sport Committee issued a follow-up report in 2013 which reviewed the progress that had been made on the recommendations made in its 2011 report.

In October 2016 the Culture, Media & Sport Committee commissioned a new inquiry into the governance of football as ” … Recent events have highlighted the continuing major failings in the current system of football governance in the UK, as well as internationally …”. The progress of the Committee’s investigation can be followed on the inquiry’s website.

All Party Parliamentary Football Group – Inquiry into English Football and its Governance (2008-2009)

Memorandum of Written Evidence – Dr Geoff Walters & Mr Sean Hamil, Birkbeck Sports Business Centre, Birkbeck, University of London, July 2008.

The oral evidence presented to the inquiry can be found at the All Party Football Group’s website – oral evidence by Dr Geoff Walters of the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre.

All Party Parliamentary Football Group – Inquiry into English Football and its Governance: Final Report (April 2009).

Following the publication of the All Party Parliamentary Football Group report in April the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre has drafted an updated response. The report took up some of the recommendations made in the Birkbeck submission.

Update on the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre’s Submission to the UK All Party Parliamentary Football Group Inquiry into English Football and its Governance (20th May 2009).