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Olympic Games

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures his Department is taking to ensure that sufficient radio spectrum will be available to the programme making and special events sector to ensure the smooth running of the 2012 Olympics; and if he will make a statement. (95077)

[holding answer 19 October 2006]. The Government were required to provide guarantees to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding the availability of spectrum as part of the London bid to stage the games. DTI officials are therefore working with the Office of Communications (Ofcom), the independent regulator of communications, responsible for managing civil radio spectrum in the UK including the allocation and licensing of frequency bands used by programme making and special events, to ensure that sufficient and suitable spectrum is available to meet the essential requirements of users at the 2012 Olympics.