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British Grand Prix

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions his Department had with (a) the organisers of Formula 1, (b) Milton Keynes Council and (c) other interested parties on the proposed move of the British Grand Prix from Silverstone to Donington Park; and on what dates each such discussion took place. (219455)

The decision to move the British Grand Prix from Silverstone to Donington is a commercial matter for Formula One Management (FOM) and the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).

I have not had any direct discussions with any party about this decision.

However, my officials and I have met regularly with representatives of Motor sport Development UK (MDUK), The British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) and colleagues from Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) to discuss the current redevelopment plans of the Silverstone circuit.

I also met with Bernie Ecclestone on the 18 March 2008 to discuss the British Grand Prix.