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Olympic Games: Greater London

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps have been taken to audit the (a) tender and (b) construction phase of the Olympic build; and what further steps are planned. (126277)

There is an established framework for internal auditing within the ODA. This covers all aspects of procurement from process to specific contract audits. The National Audit Office is also about to start its review, which will include the procurement process.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the adequacy of procedures in place to audit the (a) tender and (b) construction phase of the Olympics build. (126278)

The ODA has a thorough internal audit system in place. The internal audit programme is reviewed monthly by the ODA’s Audit Committee. Both the DCMS and the National Audit Office attend the Audit Committee as observers and are able to raise any matters of concern.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of the Olympic Park is owned by or under the control of (a) the Love Lea Valley Park Authority, (b) the Olympic Delivery Authority, (c) the London Development Agency and (d) other public bodies. (126569)

[holding answer 9 March 2007]: Ninety-three per cent. of the freehold of land required for the Olympic Park is now in public sector control.

This 93 per cent. represents approximately 290 hectares of the 312 hectares of land required for the development of the Olympic Park. The vast majority of this land is either owned by the LDA or controlled through a series of agreements with other public sector bodies such as the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority. The 312 hectares also includes 87 hectares of land comprising the Stratford city development that is controlled by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).

The remaining land required for the Olympic Park will be acquired through negotiation or using the LDA’s approved compulsory purchase powers.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the date was of the Cabinet meeting at which the London 2012 Olympic Budget as it appeared in the London 2012 Candidate File was agreed. (128152)

Information relating to the proceedings of Cabinet committees is generally not disclosed as to do so could harm the frankness and candour of internal discussion.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2007, Official Report, column 99W, on Olympic Games: Greater London, what the date was of the meeting at which the London 2012 Olympic Budget was agreed by the Government; and who attended that meeting. (128153)

Information relating to the proceedings of Cabinet committees, including when they meet, is generally not disclosed as to do so could harm the frankness and candour of internal discussion.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will assess the feasibility of holding the Olympic shooting events at Southern Counties Shooting at Evershot. (128352)

The Royal Artillery barracks at Woolwich were agreed as the venue for the shooting events after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) gave feedback to the London bid organisers on the venue portfolio submitted for London as an Applicant City in 2004. The Royal Artillery barracks are, therefore, part of the Host City Contract agreement with the IOC. There are currently no plans to move the Olympic shooting events to an alternative venue.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings her Department (a) had before and (b) has had since the Olympic Games 2012 budget was submitted to the International Olympic Committee with representatives of the Metropolitan Police on security (i) provision and (ii) costs; and whether HM Treasury representatives (A) were invited to and (B) attended such meetings. (128385)

Before and after submission of the London 2012 bid, there have been various meetings involving representatives of my Department and the Metropolitan Police, both about the security planning and potential costs. Treasury representatives have been invited and involved where appropriate.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will estimate the cost of (a) demolishing and (b) rebuilding facilities for shooting sports for the 2012 Olympic games; and if she will make a statement. (128506)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South (Mr. Hancock) on 12 March 2007, Official Report, column 62W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure that the 2012 Olympic games leave a positive legacy for shooting sports in the UK. (128510)

The Government are working hard with the London 2012 Organising Committee and the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to ensure a lasting legacy for all Olympic sports, including shooting, for London and the UK as a whole. The ODA and the Organising Committee venues team are looking carefully at the post-games uses of all proposed facilities being developed for the shooting competitions at Woolwich.

The biggest legacy that we aim to achieve for shooting, working with the National Governing Body and International Federation, is for more people to have experienced the sport in person. Hosting the games in the UK gives us a unique opportunity to open up Olympic and Paralympic sports to new audiences and thus increase interest and participation in them.