Commonwealth Games 2022 (1)

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What is your initial, rough estimate, of the cost to the taxpayer, of hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games?


Answer for Commonwealth Games 2022 (1)

Answer for Commonwealth Games 2022 (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Yes, and the answer to this, Andrew, is obviously that there has not even been a guesstimate of the cost of hosting the Commonwealth Games. Clearly it would be far, far lower than the Olympics, a tiny fraction of that, because we have all the venues already. By the way, I am pro it. I think it would be a great thing to host the Commonwealth Games 2022. It would be wonderful for London. I would support such a bid, but it is up to Commonwealth Games England to make the bid and not to us.

Andrew Boff (AM): Mr Mayor, I am for all sorts of things that I do not know the price off, and then curiously enough I change my mind when I see the tag.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): You were against the Olympics.

Andrew Boff (AM): Tessa Jowell [MP for Dulwich and West Norwood] famously said, 'Had we known what we know now would we have bid for the Olympics? Almost certainly not.'

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I know. Labour was against the Olympics, we rescued.

Darren Johnson (Chair): Let us not argue about the Olympics. Members, stop squabbling about the Olympics.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I am just winding them up.

Darren Johnson (Chair): Let Assembly Member Boff continue his question on the Commonwealth Games.

Andrew Boff (AM): Thank you. Mr Mayor, Tessa Jowell was for it and she thought she knew the price. You are saying you are for the Commonwealth Games and you do not know what the price is.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Yes, I am. There is a risk. Tessa did a fantastic job in getting the Games and working for the Olympics. I think she later tried to clarify what she meant. I do not think that she remotely meant to say that it was a mistake to go ahead with the Olympic Games. If she did, if it came out that way, she regretted it almost immediately. I think it was a great investment for this country and indeed for London. I think the Olympics were a wonderful thing, where we really are seeing economic benefits and impact from it.

I want to see the cost benefits for the Commonwealth Games. If we bid for it, and I hope we will, I will make sure, Andrew, that you get a rundown of what we think the economic upside would be as well as the cost.

Andrew Boff (AM): Will this rundown be one that is in public, or restricted from the public, as we had in the case of the Olympic Stadium and all the other things that took place on the Olympic site that we were not privy to

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): You will get a public account. Of course.

Andrew Boff (AM): Thank you very much, Mr Mayor.