HC Deb 21 April 1999 vol 329 cc577-8W
Mr. Peter Ainsworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the sponsorship secured for the Dome takes the form of cash payments(a) for construction work and (b) for other purposes; and what is the estimated value of gifts in kind. [78378]

Janet Anderson

[holding answer 23 March 1999]: Each of the arrangements with individual sponsors differs in terms of the level of support for exhibit zones; associated National Programme activities and other aspects of the Millennium Experience. There is no direct correlation between the source of income and payment of invoices for particular aspects of the project. NMEC has been successful in achieving the majority of its sponsorship income target.

NMEC are currently preparing their accounts for the 1998–99 financial year for audit. To publish unaudited accounts would leave them open to misinterpretation. NMEC's audited accounts for 1998–99, which will differentiate between the cash and value-in-kind components of sponsorship, will be published in due course. NMEC does not accept gifts in kind.