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Olympic Games

Volume 450: debated on Monday 9 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions (a) he and (b) his Department has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on maximising benefits to Wales from the 2012 Olympics. (90078)

My hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State and I regularly discuss these matters with Welsh Assembly Government Ministers.

At official level, my Department is represented on the Assembly Government's Olympic Steering Group.

Wales has an important contribution to make to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We intend to maximise the sustainable economic and commercial benefits to Wales, including those arising from the anticipated increase in tourism. Wales has many excellent training facilities and will offer a warm welcome to visiting teams and supporters.

The games will also produce a significant sporting legacy for Wales with associated health-related benefits.