HC Deb 09 February 1998 vol 306 cc101-2W
Mr. Livingstone

To ask the Minister without Portfolio what studies(a) the Government and (b) the National Millennium Experience Company have undertaken on the impact of the Millennium Dome exhibition on other visitor attractions, with particular reference to those that do not benefit from central Government grants; and if he will make them available to those attractions. [27289]

Mr. Mandelson

[holding answer 6 February 1998]: In response to a recommendation by the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, the Government have commissioned a study from the English Tourist Board, who in consultation with colleagues in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, will look at the impact of the Millennium Dome on other UK visitor attractions. The study will cover a full range of attractions, not just those that receive funding from the public purse. When the study has been completed its findings will be made public.

Mr. Wigley

To ask the Minister without Portfolio what steps he will take to ensure that the culture of Welsh people is represented within the Millennium Dome. [27143]

Mr. Mandelson

The content of the Millennium Experience at Greenwich will appeal to, and be relevant to, people of all ages and interests wherever they may live in the United Kingdom. It will engage, inspire and educate all who visit.

In addition, there will be a national programme associated with the Experience. This will have the same overarching theme of "Time to Make a Difference", and will encourage participation of individuals in all areas of the United Kingdom. The New Millennium Experience Company is setting up teams in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the nine regions of England. Once these teams are in place, I shall ensure all hon. Members have the relevant details.

Mr. Baker

To ask the Minister without Portfolio if he will give a breakdown by budget head of the sums allocated to the Millennium Dome projects by(a) personnel costs excluding consultants, (b) building costs, (c) external infrastructure costs, (d) consultants' costs, (e) design costs, (f) publicity costs and (g) other costs. [28133]

Mr. Mandelson

The New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) is currently finalising its Corporate Plan, which will contain budgets for the component parts of the Millennium Experience project covering the years 1997/98 (actual) and 1998/99 to 2000/01 (forecast). The aim is to publish the Plan at the end of this financial year following its approval by NMEC's Board and by the Millennium Commission. Copies will be placed in the Library of the House immediately on publication.