Questions for Tessa Jowell
I have sent our new Olympic Minister, Tessa Jowell, an email asking some questions about the Olympics. I haven't mentioned the E word too many times and I haven't mentioned the regions thing because I don't want to scare her off. Once I get a reply I'll hit her with the question of why England, as the host country, is referred to as the regions.
I have a couple of questions about the Olympics which I
would appreciate answer to.
It will cost £1.5billion to run the
Games. Would you please explain how this will be funded? Will it be
through general taxation for the whole of the UK, general taxation for England
only, general taxation for London or more specific taxation?
will be spent improving London's infrastructure. How will this be
funded? Will it be from London taxes or will it be paid for by the whole
A £20 per household council tax increase will go towards
funding the Olympics. Is that for London or the whole
After the Games four arenas would be 'deconstructed' and
relocated to other parts of the UK along with the swimming pools that are used
for water polo and the 50m training pools. Will these stay within England
or will they be distributed to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as a peace
There is a lot of talk about the investment and job
creation, the majority of which will be focused on London and the South
East. What benefits will the event bring to the rest of the
Finally, the birthplace of the modern Olympics is in the
town of Much Wenlock where I was brought up and still live close to. Will
the town be included in the Olympic events as the or will everything be
concentrated on London?