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Olympic Games

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 26 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what locations in the London Borough of Bexley (a) were considered to be used to stage an event and (b) are being considered for training sites for athletes for the 2012 London Olympics. [96599]

In order to host a compact Olympic games and Paralympic games as required by the International Olympic Committee, venues for the 2012 London games are, wherever practical, situated as close as possible to the Olympic Park in the Lower Lea Valley. As a result no facilities within the London borough of Bexley were able to be considered as competition venues.

The London Organising Committee for the Olympic games and Paralympic games (LOCOG) is preparing a pre-games training guide in which facilities that it has approved as providing a suitable training environment in the UK are listed by location and by sport. The development of this guide will be overseen by a steering group, made up of organisations such as the British Olympic Association, the British Paralympic Association, the English Institute of Sport, UK Sport and the home nation sport councils.

Venues from around the UK, including those situated within the London borough of Bexley, are invited to apply to host pre-games training camps through the LOCOG website:


Applications will initially be assessed on a national or regional basis, and the deadline for facilities to submit their interest is 31 January 2007. Final selection will take place by January 2008 and the guide will be distributed to national Olympic committees and national Paralympic committees in summer 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) whether a decision has been made regarding use of the Olympic stadium following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; what the role is of the Minister for Sport in that decision; and if she will make a statement; (97188)

(2) whether (a) the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, (b) the Olympic Delivery Authority and (c) her Department are considering alternative plans for the Olympic stadium that significantly depart from the London 2012 Candidate File's proposition to convert the stadium into a 25,000 seat multi-purpose venue with athletics at its core; and if she will make a statement;

(3) what steps she plans to take to ensure that following the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games the Olympic stadium continues to feature and support athletics events; and if she will make a statement.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is procuring the Olympic stadium. As the explanatory document published in July by the ODA made clear, in legacy mode we intend that it will be a 25,000-seater stadium with athletics at its core, consistent with the commitment set out in the London 2012 Candidate File. The ODA has appointed consultants who, in consultation with Olympic stakeholders, sporting bodies and the local community, are scoping the different possible community uses for the stadium with a view to drawing up a business plan for future use of the stadium. A wide range of options consistent with our Candidate File commitment is currently under consideration. Any decision on legacy use of the stadium will be made by the Olympic board on which I am the Government's representative.