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Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will visit Shrewsbury (a) to see the plans for a new theatre and (b) to discuss Shropshire's role in the 2012 Olympic games. (80337)

I am aware of plans to build a new theatre in Shrewsbury and understand that Arts Council England's West Midlands office is in contact with the council over the project.

I do not have plans to visit Shrewsbury at the current time. However, representatives from the DCMS and the London Organising Committee for the Olympic games (LOCOG) will be visiting Much Wenlock in Shropshire as part of the forthcoming 2012 Regional Roadshow on 10 July.

The Roadshow aims to ensure that local communities and businesses are fully engaged with the cultural, sporting, economic and social aspects of the games. It forms a valuable part of the work currently being taken forward by the Nations and Regions Group, chaired by Charles Allen and supported by LOCOG, to maximise benefits in every nation and region of the UK.