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Millennium Dome

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the estimated weekly cost to the Exchequer is of the Millennium Dome. [112644]

English Partnerships (EP) owns and is responsible for managing and maintaining the Dome.The cost of management, maintenance and security of the Dome, including staff costs, in the six month period from September up to the end of February 2003, was £1.48 million, equivalent to around or around £57,000 per week, on average.During the same six month period, EP incurred costs of some £1.19 million in relation to the current sale process. No expenditure was incurred associated with decommissioning the contents of the Dome and its site in preparation for the future long-term use.These costs will be recovered from sale proceeds.