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2018 World Cup Bid Board

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance his Department has given on cross-party working to the 2018 World Cup Bid Board; what commitments he has received from attendees at board meetings on abiding by such guidance; and if he will make a statement. (244321)

[holding answer 16 December 2008]: Cross-party support for the 2018 World cup bid is very important. Officials at my Department have had discussions with the interim bid team about how best to ensure all political parties are kept informed of progress with the bid. England 2018 Ltd. is in the process of recruiting a director of government liaison, whose key responsibilities include one to

“Ensure all relevant Party Leaders ... are regularly briefed on the progress of the Bid.”

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what 2018 World Cup Bid Board meetings (a) have been held and (b) are scheduled; and what plans he has to publish the minutes of each meeting. (244322)

[holding answer 16 December 2008]: Meetings of the bid company, England 2018 Ltd., board and publication of their minutes are a matter for the company itself. I have attended one board meeting, on 6 November 2008, and have meetings in my diary on a monthly basis until May.