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Second Stage TT Consultation 19 February 2004

The Minister for Tourism and Leisure, the Hon. David Cretney, MHK, has launched the second stage of the consultation exercise into the future TT Race programme.

The Minister explained:

"Following the 2003 TT Races, I initiated, with our partners, a major public consultation exercise regarding the future structure of the TT Races. In December 2003 we produced a document entitled Report on Changes to the TT Races for 2004 and Beyond Following Public Consultation. This document focussed primarily on the changes which could be implemented for TT 2004 within the context of a programme which had already been announced in June 2003.

"In announcing this revised programme we did not reject the idea of more substantial change to the programme for 2005 and beyond and said that we would be continuing to consult with both the manufacturers and the Riders Forum during the early part of 2004 with a view to a much wider consultation on specific proposals during spring 2004.

"The formal consultation with both the manufacturers and the Riders Forum took place during January 2004. Whereas the consultation exercise in 2003 was very broad, in this exercise we are looking to focus on a range of very specific issues and proposals which have flowed from the earlier consultation exercise and the recent discussions with the manufacturers and riders."

The Minister concluded:

"Over the next few months we are going to make some important decisions which will affect the future of the TT Races. Before we do that we really want to know what everyone thinks on a range of important issues. I would urge everyone with an interest in the TT Races, whether as a rider, manufacturer, team member, official, marshal, spectator or a supporter, to take part."

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