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World Expo 2010

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what resources his Department has allocated to British participation in the World Expo in 2010. (73618)

The Government are considering the Chinese Government's formal invitation to participate in the Shanghai Expo 2010. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is looking at how UK participation might be funded and is discussing this with a wide range of possible stakeholders including Government Departments, other parts of the public sector, and many private sector companies. The Department is involved in this process.

There is a strong support across Whitehall for UK participation in Shanghai Expo. We want to deliver an impressive UK presence. The Government are drawing up detailed plans (including financial plans) in consultation with the British business community and other key organisations, to identify how best to maximise UK presence at the Expo.