§ Mr. Pendry
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what future support the Government plan for England's bid to host the 2006 World Cup. 
§ Mr. Banks
The Government will continue to provide the fullest diplomatic and promotional support for the FA's bid in accordance with FIFA bidding guidelines. I believe it is an excellent bid with a very good chance of success. My Department is currently helping the FA draft the formal bid submission. I will continue to meet members of the FIFA Executive when they visit this country and will accompany the 2006 Bid team abroad when requested.
I am determined that the FA's bid should continue to be pursued with the utmost vigour and integrity, and very much hope that the bidding process between now and March 2000 will be conducted in a spirit of friendly rivalry.