MIA Parliamentary Lobbying
Parliamentary Lobbying by the MIA
Explanation of Motorsport Development UK Funding
The MIA requested that the Minister at DBERR fully explain why the funding made available to motorsport as announced by Rt.Hon. Patricia Hewitt had, apparently, reduced from £16million to £10 million. Additionally, the MIA continues to seek a clear and transparent breakdown of how this money has been spent, with whom, on what precise projects and with what results of benefit to the industry. As of summer 2008 this detail has not been made available to the sport or the industry.
Members also are pressing Government with their opinion that whilst being very grateful for the funding support, the use of MDUK as a coordinating body should not be continued once funding ceases in March 2009.
Working Time Directive
The MIA lobbied MPs, MEPs and Government ministers to resist proposals to enforce an upper limit on the working week for the Motorsports industry, which formed part of the Working Time Directive.
The European Parliament’s vote to scrap the opt-out rule that exempts British employees from EU legislation limiting the working week to an average 48 hours has a significant effect for the Motorsports industry. The MIA believes that terminating the opt-out clause significantly undermines the competitiveness of UK Motorsport suppliers and will increase their annual operating costs by around 35 per cent.
The MIA worked with the All Party Parliamentary Motor Group, the CBI and the HR managers of the MIA’s Motorsport Employers Group to oppose the Directive. The MIA provided the Government’s Department for Productivity, Energy and Industry with an analysis of how the proposed changes to working hours would affect the competitiveness of UK Motorsport.
Successful lobbying resulted in a halt to the Working Time Directive which has not been implemented.
Use of Agricultural Land for Motorsport
The MIA, with support from the All Party Parliamentary Motor Group and a host of Motorsport industry associations*, successfully lobbied to change the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) guidelines for the use of agricultural land for motorsports.
DEFRA originally declared that farmers hosting motorsports events were not entitled to payouts under the new Single Payment Scheme. This would have resulted in more than 7,000 off-road events left without a suitable venue.
The up-dated guidelines now allow Motorsports to take place, on up to 28 days during the farmers’ 10-month eligibility period. The move safeguards the continuation of thousands of grass-roots Motorsports events, which bring vital revenue to a vast number of supplier businesses across the UK.
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