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June 15, 2005

Question written on 15/06/2005

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what discussions she had with (a) local residents, (b) amenity societies and (c) other interested parties in advance of consent beinggiven for the Live8 concert to take place in Hyde Park;(2) what discussions she had with the organisers of the Live8 concert in Hyde Park on ensuring that the cost of clearing up after the concert will be met by the organisers.

Answered by David Lammy

The Royal Parks Agency discussed the concert with the local authority, Westminster city council; with the Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens; with the local operational and safety planning group, which is chaired by Westminster city council and which includes representatives of the emergency and rescue services, and with the Princes Trust, whose Party in the Park was already booked to take place that weekend.The event organisers will arrange for the concert site to be cleared during and after the concert. However, as part of Government-wide support for tackling the problems affecting Africa, the Royal Parks Agency will not be charging the organisers for clearing up Hyde Park after this genuinely one-off event. My Department expects to bear those costs arising from Live8 which the Royal Parks are unable to absorb within their existing budgets.