2005 World Athletics Championships

MQT on 2001-07-18
Session date: 
July 18, 2001
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


With the Picketts Lock site under Government review, what action will the Mayor be taking in this crucial period to help ensure the national athletics stadium is located in north London, and ready for the 2005 World Athletics Championships?



Answer for 2005 World Athletics Championships

Answer for 2005 World Athletics Championships

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I met recently with Dick Caborn, the Sports Minister. I emphasised to Dick the importance to London of reaching early decisions on both Wembley and Pickett's Lock, following the Government's decisions to get Patrick Carter to undertake reviews. The Minister in turn emphasised the need for rigorous assessments to be carried out, so that there was a clear understanding of the costs and benefits. I have said that we will assist in any way possible during these reviews, because of the importance of planning proceeding urgently for 2005. .