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London Olympics

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

18. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government are taking to extend the benefits of the 2012 London Olympics to all of London. (81380)

We are working with the Greater London Authority (GLA) to ensure that the benefits of the Olympics leave a lasting legacy in the five Olympic boroughs, in London as a whole, and in the rest of the UK.

Just to give two examples, one specific and one longer-term, 75 per cent. of the staff currently employed on the Olympic site are from London, and, in the run up to the Games, £18 billion will be spent on London's transport system.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) whether the plan for the London 2012 Olympics spectrum allocation has changed since the announcement of the success of the UK’s bid; (82014)

(2) which body is responsible for overseeing the spectrum allocation for the 2012 Olympics; when it is expected to produce a plan for spectrum allocation; and what the cut-off date is for testing the new technologies;

(3) how much spectrum has been reserved for new technologies likely to be in place by the 2012 Olympics; and on what basis that calculation was made.

The matter raised is the responsibility of the Office of Communications (Ofcom), as independent regulator for the communications sector. Accordingly, I have asked the chief executive of Ofcom to reply directly to the hon. Member. Copies of the chief executive’s letter will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which officials in her Department (a) are responsible for Olympics-related activity and (b) sit on the Inter-Departmental Steering Group for the Olympics. (81559)

Jeff Jacobs, Chief Executive of the Government Olympic Executive, is responsible for Olympics-related activity within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and is Chair of the Inter-Departmental Steering Group.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking towards ensuring that the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games benefit the whole of the United Kingdom. (81576)

The Government are determined to ensure that the whole of the UK can contribute to and benefit from the Olympic games and Paralympic games in 2012.

A Nations and Regions Group (NRG) has been established to provide leadership and strategic direction in ensuring that the whole of the UK is engaged with and benefits from the games in 2012. Each nation and region is represented on the NRG and has been tasked with developing a delivery plan to ensure that these opportunities are realised.

Furthermore, a 2012 road show is being staged, in conjunction with the London Organising Committee for the Olympic games, which will visit every nation and region in the UK this summer. The road show was organised together with London 2012's Nations and Regions Group to ensure that there is a wide and diverse coverage of events and locations from within each region and Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Following the Secretary of State's letter to all MPs in May, details of where the road show is going have now been posted on the DCMS website:

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what arrangements have been made to improve the facilities at Bisley for the Olympics in 2012; and how much funding has been allocated; (80931)

(2) what facilities are being erected at Woolwich which are connected to the 2012 Olympic shooting events due to take place at Bisley.

As the shooting events for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games will be held at Woolwich Arsenal, currently there are no arrangements to further improve facilities at Bisley for the Games.

However, Sport England provided £6 million in lottery funding to improve the shooting facilities at Bisley for the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002.