HC Deb 12 February 2004 vol 417 c1573W
Mr. Don Foster

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public money was spent on the Picketts Lock stadium in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement. [154123]

Mr. Caborn

The only public money spent on the Pickett's Lock stadium was for a feasibility study conducted in 2000–01. Sport England have estimated that the study cost £1.5 million.

As a result of the study, it was decided that the cost of the proposed National Athletics Stadium could not be justified. However, Picketts Lock has successfully applied to become the London High Performance Centre for Athletics. Both primary school children and the local community will benefit from the centre.