HL Deb 07 March 2002 vol 632 cc39-40WA
Baroness Anelay of St Johns

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What role Ministers have played in the scrutiny of the list of candidates who are being considered for membership of the new board of Wembley National Stadium Limited. [HL3028]

The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Baroness Blackstone)

These are matters for the Football Association (FA) and Wembley National Stadium Limited (WNSL). Ministers have not played any role to date in the consideration of changes to the corporate governance of WNSL. My officials, together with those of Sport England, are involved in discussions relating to the proposals which the FA and WNSL are considering in response to Patrick Carter's recommendations and the conditions for government support which I set out to the House on 19 December (Official Report, cols. 301–304). My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has asked Patrick Carter, in compiling his final report on the National Stadium project, to undertake an assessment of whether the Football Association and WNSL have satisfactorily addressed his concerns.