[holding answer 8 June 2006]: We are keen to control costs and are continually pressing for value for money. Our response to any net increases in cost will be considered in the light of the cost review, taking into account the circumstances at the time and the 2003 Memorandum of Understanding with the Mayor.
[holding answer 8 June 2006]: The Department set out in a Press Notice of 9 May (available on the DCMS website www.culture.gov.uk) the list of towns and cities the 2012 Roadshow was intended to visit. Detailed plans for the Roadshow are currently being finalised and will be made public, but until these plans are finalised it is not possible to give a definitive list of the constituencies in which the Roadshow will stop.
[holding answer 8 June 2006]: The 2012 Roadshow will visit every region of England, as well as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, spending at least a day in each, and schedules are being developed in partnership with regional and national representatives. Owing to time constraints it is simply not possible for the Roadshow to visit every county in the UK.
As part of the day in the east of England region, the Roadshow will visit Weald Country Park in Essex on 13 July, as set out in the Press Notice released by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the London Organising Committee (LOCOG) on 9 May. A stop at Weald Country Park, the venue for the mountain biking at the 2012 Games, has always been an integral part of plans for the Roadshow.
As part of the day in the south-east region, the Roadshow will visit Eton Dorney, a 2012 venue and Stoke Mandeville, the birthplace of the Paralympic movement, as well as Brighton and Milton Keynes.
[holding answer 8 June 2006]: Funding will be available as part of the Government's overall drive to strengthen community sport and drive up participation levels in sport across the UK.
Over £1 billion is being invested in grassroots sport through Exchequer and Lottery funding over this spending review period. For example, the Government are committing £34.5 million over the next two years to the National Sports Foundation to fund a range of projects to benefit grassroots sport, and we will be encouraging the private sector to match this funding.
We are also putting more than £1.5 billion into transforming PE and school sport in the five years leading up to 2008, to encourage children and young people to be more active.
The Government are committed to ensuring not only that we deliver the most successful games, but also that they are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable. Sustainable landscaping and planting for the Olympic Park is an important issue, both in terms of hosting the games and for the longer term legacy.
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), recently set up by my Department to deliver the venues and infrastructure for the games, has responsibility for the design and delivery of the Olympic Park, including its landscaping and planting, and recognises that the park will need extensive landscaping to create a sustainable redevelopment of the local environment. The ODA has recently employed park-wide designers to work on an overall design concept for the park, including landscaping and planting.
The Department spent £9.3 million from a budget of £10 million on London 2012 Ltd., the company established to take forward the bid, and spent a further £4.6 million from its £5 million bid support budget on supporting the bid including feasibility studies and master planning.
The consistent high quality of hotel and tourism facilities in the English regions, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland will be vital to the success of the tourism industry in making the most of the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, and of their legacy.
My Department, in partnership with VisitBritain and Visit London, will shortly be consulting on the DCMS Tourism 2012 Strategy. The tourism accommodation grading schemes across the UK will be prominent in that consultation, as will the quality of the wider destination welcome.
The economic benefits to the tourism sector of hosting the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games are projected at between £1.4 billion and £2 billion nationally. Although London's visitor economy will account for a significant proportion of that total, substantial benefits are expected across the country—not least because 50 per cent. of inbound tourists to London visit other parts of the UK during their stays.
My Department's forthcoming consultation on the DCMS Tourism 2012 Strategy will seek views on maximising the benefits of hosting the games for the English regions, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Consistent high quality in the standards of visitor accommodation in London and the rest of the country will be important to the success of the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, and to the tourism industry's making the most of their legacy. The percentage of hotel rooms in the capital which are currently subject to inspection under the grading schemes operated by VisitBritain and the Automobile Association is not available to my Department. However, it is generally accepted in the industry that the London percentage is significantly less than the average of 53 per cent. in membership of quality schemes across Great Britain.
My Department will shortly be consulting on the DCMS 2012 Tourism Strategy, in partnership with VisitBritain and Visit London. Product quality, in London and the rest of Britain, will be prominent in that consultation.