HC Deb 25 March 2002 vol 382 c557
11. Mr. Mike Hall (Weaver Vale)

What meetings she has held with officials at Buckingham palace regarding the celebrations for the Queen's golden jubilee. [43152]

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (Tessa Jowell)

I have had a number of meetings since taking over responsibility for the jubilee celebrations. My officials are in contact with the palace on a daily basis.

Mr. Hall

May I draw my right hon. Friend's attention to the international fun in athletics team event on 5 July in the millennium stadium in Cardiff, organised by UK Athletics under the leadership of my good friend. George Bunner? It will bring teams from the UK and South Africa together in a decathlon event that will have worldwide coverage and be a great way of celebrating the Queen's golden jubilee. Does my right hon. Friend agree that it will be a great vehicle to export the idea of the jubilee across the Commonwealth?

Tessa Jowell

That is but one opportunity, and it chimes well with the themes of the jubilee that the Queen has set and that are very much shaping the planning of events over the jubilee weekend and throughout the rest of the year.