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Wembley National Stadium

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects Wembley National Stadium Limited next to make a profit. (91602)

Wembley National Stadium Ltd (WNSL) is a private sector organisation. Issues relating to WNSL's financial status are matters for that organisation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the estimated cost to (a) the Brent economy and (b) Wembley National Stadium Limited is of events cancelled due to the delayed opening of Wembley stadium. (91603)

Even before opening, the stadium development has been a catalyst for investment in the wider regeneration of Wembley. An improved transport system is now in place and, new shops, new leisure and community facilities and 8,500 new homes will also help to bring a major boost to the Brent economy.

Once opened, around 7,500 permanent job opportunities will be created by economic activity directly related to the stadium. The stadium will attract around 2.5 million visitors a year, bringing an estimated annual visitor spend of £229 million to Wembley and the surrounding area.

The estimated cost to Wembley National Stadium Ltd because of cancelled events is a matter for that organisation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many events planned to take place at Wembley stadium have been cancelled due to its delayed construction. (91604)

The cancellation of events at Wembley stadium due to construction delays is a matter for Wembley National Stadium Ltd (WNSL).

In March 2006, WNSL announced publicly that no major events would be held at Wembley stadium in 2006. Details of the alternative arrangements made for scheduled events at Wembley in 2006 can be found on the WNSL website at www.wembleystadium.com/pressbox/pressreleases.htm.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what financial penalties have been imposed on Multiplex due to the delayed construction of Wembley stadium. (91605)

Issues relating to the contractual arrangements between Multiplex and Wembley National Stadium Ltd in respect of the construction of Wembley stadium are matters for those organisations.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what safety criteria tests Wembley stadium will be required to meet after its construction before it can receive a licence to stage major sporting events. (91606)

Wembley stadium needs to hold a sports ground safety certificate. The sports ground safety certificate for Wembley stadium will include conditions designed to ensure spectator safety at that ground.

Conditions for the issue of a sports ground safety certificate are determined by the relevant certifying local authority following consultation with a number of expert organisations including local police and fire authorities.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she last met representatives from (a) Multiplex, (b) Wembley National Stadium Limited and (c) the Football Association to discuss the construction of Wembley stadium. (91607)

Wembley stadium is a Football Association project and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State therefore does not meet directly with Wembley National Stadium Ltd (WNSL), the Football Association (FA) or Multiplex to discuss construction progress.

As a stakeholder in the project she receives regular reports on construction progress and DCMS officials attend monthly progress meetings with WNSL, the FA, Sport England and the London Development Agency.