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Arts Administration

Mr. Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the oral statement by the Minister for the Arts of 26 February 2001, Official Report, column 572, on spending on arts administration, how operating costs are defined. [152769]

Mr. Alan Howarth: Operating costs are defined as all staff costs, publicity, administration, overheads and associated costs. It excludes all direct expenditure on art forms.

Athletics Championships (Funding)

Mr. Greenway: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if he will publish the minutes of meetings between his Department and the Mayor of London about (a) the staging of the World Athletics Championships in 2005 and (b) the investment of transport infrastructure associated with the proposed development of a new athletics stadium at Pickett's Lock; [152520]

Kate Hoey [holding answer 6 March 2001]: Further to my answer of 9 February 2001, Official Report, columns 703-04W, to the hon. Member for Bromsgrove (Miss Kirkbride), a copy of the minutes of the Lee Valley Forum meetings which took place on 26 June 2000, 2 October 2000, 13 November 2000 and 16 January 2001 were placed in the Libraries of both Houses on 5 March. There has been no correspondence with the Mayor on this issue.

Sport Strategy Implementation Group

Jane Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on the Action Plan submitted to his Department by the Sport Strategy Implementation Group. [153670]

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Kate Hoey: On Saturday 10 March, we will publish "A Sporting Future for All--The Government's Plan for Sport". This is a practical and detailed programme which will make a real and lasting improvement to the sporting

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life of this country and is largely based on the work done by the Sports Strategy Implementation Group set up last year. I am arranging for copies to be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.