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Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to promote British culture as part of the 2012 Olympics. (111951)

The London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games will offer a unique opportunity for the British people to engage with and participate in a major cultural celebration.

From the closing ceremony of the Beijing Games in 2008, the UK will commence its “Cultural Olympiad” which will contribute to an enhanced and positive image of the UK. It will be a developing four-year period of cultural activity designed to reflect the key themes of the 2012 Games—celebrating London and welcoming the world; inspiring and involving young people; and generating a positive legacy.

The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games is working with a range of partners to develop its plans for how the Cultural Olympiad will be delivered across the UK.