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Olympic Games

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Chancellor on his pledge to recruit 1 million Olympic volunteers; what additional resource will be provided to meet this target; and when she expects to achieve it. (98114)

In his speech at the HMRC Corporate and Social Responsibility Conference on 24 October, the Chancellor referred to a separate announcement of 1 million new young volunteers to be recruited by an independent charity, v, which has already created over 55,000 new volunteering opportunities in just over six months of operation.

My Department is separately working with the Office for the Third Sector in Cabinet Office on a cross- government action plan to ensure that volunteering is embedded in the Olympics as well as its legacy, including support for the London Organising Committee of the Games strategy to recruit 70,000 volunteers needed at the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Some 100,000 people have already registered their interest in volunteering at the Games.