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2012 Olympics

Volume 450: debated on Friday 20 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) with which Muslim organisations she has had discussions in relation to accommodating the religious requirements of Muslims from abroad during the 2012 Olympics; and if she will make a statement; (94351)

(2) what discussions she has had with (a) the Mayor of London and (b) the London Development Agency on accommodating the religious requirements of Muslims from abroad during the 2012 Olympics; and if she will make a statement;

(3) what plans she has to accommodate the religious requirements of Muslims from abroad during the 2012 Olympics; and if she will make a statement.

The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, the Olympic Delivery Authority, the Mayor and his officials and my Department want to ensure that for the 2012 Games we understand the needs of all our communities including those of Muslim people, especially during Ramadan.

Throughout the bid, and in the 16 months since we won, much work has been done to understand both the requirements of faith communities, and their views of what would make a successful Games. This work continues. Specific discussions with the Muslim Council of Britain on Ramadan have taken place this year and discussions are ongoing. Dr. Bari, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain is a board member of the London 2012 Organising Committee. The Muslim Council of Britain supported the London bid for the Games.

We want to make sure we find the best possible solutions for athletes, volunteers, officials, workforce and spectators, and we will learn the lessons from other major sporting events held during Ramadan.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria she applies to accepting sponsors of the Olympic Games in 2012; which companies are sponsoring the Games; who was responsible for selecting each company; and if she will make a statement. (95128)

The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has identified six categories from which domestic partners will be chosen–banking, insurance, utility services (electricity and natural gas), oil and gas, automotive, and telecommunications. LOCOG is in discussions with potential partners and it will shortly issue invitations for tender (ITTs) in the banking and insurance sectors, with other ITTs following in the coming months. LOCOG hopes to confirm its first sponsorship agreement in early 2007.

To host and stage the Games, LOCOG has a £2 billion budget, almost all of which has to be raised from private sector. Around a third of this will be through sponsorship. Sponsors are, therefore, a vital part of delivering a successful Games. LOCOG will also receive a proportion of revenue from the sponsors in the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) The Olympic Partner Programme (TOP), within the contribution it will receive from the IOC towards the London 2012 Games.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much McDonalds agreed to pay towards its sponsorship of the Olympic Games in 2012; what recent representations she has received on sponsorship by McDonalds; and if she will make a statement. (95129)

McDonalds is an official TOP (The Olympic Partners Programme) sponsor of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It has been an official sponsor of the Olympic Games since 1976 and has a longstanding commitment to the Olympic movement. In 2004, McDonalds confirmed its TOP sponsorship for the Games until 2012. As part of the IOC's contribution to the Games, LOCOG will receive a proportion of revenue from all of the IOC's TOP sponsors but we do not yet know the exact amount.

My Department has not received any recent representations from McDonalds regarding the sponsorship of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. My right hon. Friend the Minister for Sport recently met McDonalds to discuss their sponsorship of coaching.