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Travel Costs

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture,Media and Sport how much her Department has spent on airline travel for officials in each year since 1997. [15987]

Mr. Lammy: The table shows departmental expenditure on travel and subsistence in each year since 1997. An analysis by type of expenditure is not recorded on the Department's accounting system and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
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All official travel complies with the requirements of the Civil Service Management Code, copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House.
Financial year£

(136)Spend to date at 22 July 2005.

Wembley Stadium

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what access Brent residents will have to sporting facilities associated with the Wembley stadium; and if she will make a statement. [15588]

Mr. Lammy: The only sporting facility at the Wembley Stadium will be the playing pitch, which will be used for top national and international events. The residents of Brent will be able to buy tickets for these events through the usual commercial channels.
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In terms of sporting benefits to the local community, there are several football industry funded football coaches and sports development officers working in the borough giving sporting opportunities to young people, like Rachel Yankey, an England International and Brent resident.

Looking to the future, the Football Association, through Wembley National Stadium Ltd., has committed to creating a major new charitable trust which will benefit local, regional and national sports initiatives. A percentage of Wembley Stadium's annual turnover will be donated to the new trust.

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the transport infrastructure around Wembley Stadium; and if she will make a statement. [15825]

Mr. Lammy: We receive monthly reports and meet regularly with representatives from Wembley National Stadium Ltd. and the London Development Agency to discuss progress towards completion of the transport infrastructure improvements around the Wembley National Stadium.

At July 2005 we have been assured that the work being taken forward is fully in line with the requirements set out for the regeneration of the Wembley area and that it will be completed in time to allow the Stadium to open as planned.