8 December 2010: Lord Faulkner of Worcester asked Her Majesty's Government what lessons can be learnt from the failure of England's 2018 FIFA World Cup bid. Lord Faulkner of Worcester: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper. In doing so, I declare an unpaid interest as vice-president of the Football Conference and as an officer of the All-Party Parliamentary Football Group. Baroness Garden of Frognal: My Lords, there is obviously great disappointment over FIFA's decision. England's 2018 team put together a strong technical bid which FIFA recognised. It is difficult to think what more Government could have done to support it. I congratulate Russia and Qatar on being selected and wish them luck for hosting the tournaments in 2018 and 2022. It is too early to draw lessons at this stage but that process will now begin. Lord Faulkner of Worcester: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. I think most reasonable people will take the view that this Government and their predecessor did all they legally could to win the bid. I suspect that many of your Lordships will have had the experience of being promised votes from people who turn out to be inveterate liars. Does the Minister agree that this is now the time for a far-reaching government inquiry into the state of English football, looking at such matters as the governance of the Football Association, the influence of the Premier League on the England national team and the effects of all these developments on the grassroots of the game? read Hansard report