Tuesday 22 June 2021 / 1:30 PM Jo Stevens

Labour calls on the Government to publish the results of the Events Research Programme

The Government has today refused to publish the results of the Events Research Programme so that businesses and events can plan how they might be able to get up and running again. 

Asked again to publish the report by Labour today, Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said: “Although we are not yet in a position to publish the full report I can assure the House that post event data is closely monitored and has not shown any evidence of the events causing outbreaks.” 

Despite the Government saying that the data would go to the Prime Minister to inform his decision on extending lockdown, the government has refused deliver on their promise and publish the report. 

This comes as the organisers of the festival Kendal Calling announced that their event would be cancelled due to lack of data and safety guidance from the Government.

 

Jo Stevens MP, Labour’s Shadow Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, in an Urgent Question in the House of Commons, said:

“Organisations involved in the Programme have told me that a report with good results was produced by DCMS. They weren’t allowed to see it through. 

“They also tell me that Number 10 refused to allow the report to be published last week because it didn’t fit their communications grid.”

 

The Shadow DCMS Secretary went on to ask:

“Did Number 10 block publication of the results report? What evidence is the Government is using to make decisions about pilot events? Why are some organisations getting the go ahead to be test events and not others?”