First of all, clearly I am the constituency member covering Wembley and I should declare a formal interest as a former member of the board of Wembley National Stadium.
What is clearly the case has been that a whole number of decisions have been taken about the Wembley project without proper reference to the public interest. That was the role on which I was one of those who was supposed to be trying to defend the public interest on the Wembley board. It got increasingly side-tracked by the Football Association, but more particularly by a sequence of very bizarre decisions which emanated from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, which frankly made it more difficult rather than easier to progress the project.
But the question I was going to ask the Mayor is that most of the comments that have excited the select committee relate to a report prepared by a company called Tropus. I wanted to check whether the Mayor was aware that Tropus was a company which had previously bid for work and had indeed done some work on the project and then not been selected to do further work? Does the Mayor feel that perhaps there is an element of sour grapes in this? And does he also agree that the Birmingham lobby that has jumped on this bandwagon have yet to address the fact that most people who would be likely to visit the national stadium would like it to be at Wembley and have yet to address the facts that the alternative that they offered is nothing more than an ugly scar in an area which is already scarred with the likes of the wonders of the National Exhibition Centre and that frankly there is very little to recommend that area outside Birmingham?