DCMS – MILLENNIUM DOME – 30 April 2001

Dr Julian Lewis: If he [Chris Smith] will make a statement on the preservation of the millennium dome?

[SUPPLEMENTARY:] Given that the dome has cost the country more than £1 million a month since it closed, will the Minister [Janet Anderson] try to prevail on the Prime Minister to reinstate his idea of referring to it in the first line of his general election manifesto? Is not the dome the perfect metaphor for the new Labour Government: flashy on the outside, hollow on the inside and costing the country a fortune long after it has ceased to serve any useful purpose?