HC Deb 27 July 1998 vol 317 c81W
32. Mr. Sheerman

To ask the Minister without Portfolio what assessment he has made of the effects of the Millennium Dome on employment in the London area. [50800]

Mr. Mandelson

The New Millennium Experience Company has provided £1 million to establish the Greenwich Local Labour and Business scheme to provide training and employment for local people. The latest figures show that through this scheme more than 550 people have found employment, including over 200 people working on the Dome site. More than 650 people have taken up training courses.

The economic benefits of building the Millennium Dome reach far beyond Greenwich and London. Specialist construction contractors throughout the country are creating and protecting jobs as a direct result of their work on the Dome. In all more than 2,000 jobs have been created in the construction phase of the project.