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2012 Olympics

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how the cost over-runs of the 2012 Olympics will be funded; and if she will make a statement. (75837)

[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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in which constituencies the 2012 Roadshow is planned to stop. (75960)

[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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport why the 2012 Roadshow is not planned to stop in (a) Kent and (b) Essex. (75961)

[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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2006, Official Report, column 640W, on the 2012 Olympics, if she will break down by individual project the planned expenditure on (a) Olympic venues and infrastructure and (b) infrastructure works planned and budgeted as part of the general regeneration of the Lower Lea Valley. (75962)

[holding answer 8 June 2006]: The review of the cost of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is still ongoing. Any revised estimates will be reported only when they have been agreed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2006, Official Report, column 1792W, on the London Olympics, what inflation rates were applied to each element of the 2012 Olympics infrastructure budget. (75963)

[holding answer 8 June 2006]: The inflation rate applied to venue costs was 3.5 per cent. per annum from 2003-06 and 6.5 per cent. per annum from 2006 onwards. The inflation rate applied to other infrastructure costs was 5 per cent. per annum.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what additional funding will be available to meet the commitments to mass participation sport made during the 2012 Olympic bid. (75964)

[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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what provision has been made for planting during and leading up to the London Olympics to ensure the provision of sustainable green sites. (75676)

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what costs were incurred by her Department in relation to the 2012 Olympic bid. (75829)

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps will be taken to improve hotel and tourist facilities outside London in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games. (75830)

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the potential benefits to non-London tourist centres of the 2012 Olympics. (75831)

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the percentage of hotel rooms planned to be available in London by the time of the 2012 Olympics which will be of an inspected standard. (76027)

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.