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The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Jay of Paddington): This is a matter for the House as a whole to consider. If the noble Lord wishes to pursue the matter, he should do so through the Procedure Committee.
What plans they have to fulfil the undertaking made to Parliament by the Minister of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Mr. Howarth, on 4 February 1999 (H.L. Deb., col. 694) to keep the convalescent home at Osborne House open until Parliament approves its closure by amending the Osborne Estate Act 1902, given the decision of the Civil Service Benevolent Fund to cease to operate it.[HL2852]
Lord McIntosh of Haringey : Following the decision of the Civil Service Benevolent Fund to withdraw from the contract to run the King Edward VII convalescent home on behalf of my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport we have concluded that it would not be sensible, appropriate or cost-effective to enter into an agreement with another organisation to run the home while we await Parliament's approval to repeal the relevant provision of the Osborne Estate Act 1902.
The convalescent home will therefore close on 31 October 2000. The accommodation will remain out of use at least until December 2001 to allow English Heritage to complete, in the most efficient and cost-effective way, the restoration and repair of the external fabric of the building.
My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport is considering how he should meet his responsibility after December 2001 to devote part of Osborne House for the benefit of the Armed Forces and the Civil Service--which is not specified as the running of a convalescent home--for such time as that statutory requirement is in force.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey : Sport England has agreed to pay £3.14 million of the costs of the 2006 World Cup Bid from its Lottery Fund: £2,975,649 of that amount had been paid to the Football Association before 5 July.
Direct costs to the Government have arisen in respect of the previous Minister of Sport's visits to a number of countries in support of the bid. The cost of these visits was £102,780, although some other government business was also conducted. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has also agreed to pay £20,000 of the travelling expenses for the Prime Minister's special envoy.
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