Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Minutes of Evidence

Examination of Witnesses (Questions 160-164)


25 OCTOBER 2005

  Q160  Mr Evans: So the only dome about these games is going to be the Dome?

  Tessa Jowell: Which has now got a great new future ahead of it.

  Mr Evans: Hallelujah.

  Q161  Janet Anderson: Secretary of State, could I just ask you a further question about the portable or temporary facilities which will be relocated. I think you said four swimming pools, five arenas and five million pieces of sporting equipment?

  Tessa Jowell: One million pieces of sporting equipment. I am not sure whether it is four arenas and five swimming pools or the other way round. Three 50 metre swimming pools, two water-polo pools, four events halls, of which three are multi-purpose sport and one is shooting, and a million pieces of sporting equipment.

  Q162  Janet Anderson: I just wondered, who will decide where they go and what will be the criterion?

  Tessa Jowell: I look forward to the Committee's views on distribution of the facilities in 2012.

  Q163  Mr Evans: Try ebay, Secretary of State.

  Tessa Jowell: I think we will be rather more systematic than that, but what I can say is that we will make sure there is a proper regional distribution in the way the facilities are allocated. The facilities will be distributed according to criteria that will be developed by Sport England, which, as you know, is also serviced by nine regional sports boards that will be engaged in this process.

  Q164  Chairman: Secretary of State, thank you very much. We have spent some time on the Olympics and sport, but it is a central issue for us. At this stage could we thank your two officials and invite your next team to join you.

  Tessa Jowell: Thank you very much indeed.

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