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Olympic Games: Greater London

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in his Department in each (a) pay band and (b) team worked on the preparation of the original budget for the 2012 Olympics. (125370)

A number of Treasury staff at different levels and in different teams contributed to work on the preparation of the original budget for the 2012 Olympics.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) on what date his Department approved the Olympics budget as it appeared in the London 2012 Candidate File; (125371)

(2) what involvement he had in drawing up the original budget for the 2012 Olympics.

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given by right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary to the Treasury to the hon. Member for Faversham and Mid-Kent (Hugh Robertson) on 28 November 2006, Official Report, columns 599-600W.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice he received from his officials before the submission of London 2012 Olympic bid on (a) VAT liability, (b) the establishment of a contingency fund, (c) security and (d) the regeneration budget. (125373)

This Government, as with previous Administrations’ do not release advice to Ministers as to do so would prejudice candid and frank discussion.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what meetings (a) he and (b) his officials had on the cost to London of the games before the Olympics budget was submitted to the International Olympic Committee; (125378)

(2) what meetings (a) he and (b) his officials had on VAT on the Olympics before the Olympics budget was submitted to the International Olympic Committee;

(3) what meetings (a) he and (b) his officials had on the regeneration budget before the Olympics budget was submitted to the International Olympic Committee as part of the London 2012 bid;

(4) what meetings (a) he and (b) his officials had on contingency costs before the Olympics budget was submitted to the International Olympic Committee.

Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide range of organisations and individuals in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government’s practice to provide details of all such meetings.