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Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will publish the advice her Department gave to (a) Southend Council, (b) Thames Gateway, (c) Thames Gateway South Essex, (d) Renaissance Southend, (e) Essex County Council, (f) East of England Development Authority, (g) East of England Regional Assembly and (h) other public bodies in the East of England on a single bid from the Thames Gateway region for a regional casino. (84393)

In the preparation of the interim Thames Gateway Strategic Framework, officials did discuss with stakeholders whether the framework should express a preference for one of the five bids in the Thames Gateway if two or more candidates were shortlisted. No firm conclusion was reached and there was no discussion about supporting a particular bid. After consulting DCMS officials, DCLG officials decided not to take any action to accord priority to the Thames Gateway or a location within it. DCLG Ministers were not involved in any of this process. Greenwich was subsequently selected as the only shortlisted candidate for a regional casino in the Thames Gateway by the Independent Advisory Panel.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what discussions officials in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister had with Thames Gateway regarding the possibility of prioritising a single bid for a regional casino being entered from the Thames Gateway region; (86041)

(2) what discussions officials from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister had in February 2006 with Thames Gateway regarding Ministers’ views on a single bid for a regional casino for the Thames Gateway region.