HC Deb 28 October 1998 vol 318 c198W
Mr. Nigel Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support he has given to efforts to attract the 2006 Football World Cup to the United Kingdom. [56029]

Mr. Banks

The Government, from the Prime Minister down, are providing the fullest diplomatic and promotional support for the FA's bid to stage the 2006 World Cup. I hold regular meetings with the FA Campaign Team. I have personally discussed the bid with several members of the FIFA Executive Committee, either here in London or in their home countries. I will continue to accompany FA delegations to promote the bid as Parliamentary business allows. I have written to hon. Members urging them to use every opportunity to support the bid, and have been heartened by the positive response. I was delighted that the hon. Member, together with the hon. Member for Suffolk, West (Mr. Spring) and other right hon. and hon. Members, were able to join me at a reception at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 26 October at which Sepp Blatter, the FIFA President, following his meeting with the Prime Minister, was the principal guest.