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Olympic Games: Greater London

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department has benchmarked the expenditure on administrative costs accrued by the Olympic Delivery Authority in relation to the construction of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games against the administrative budgets for previous Olympic Games; and if she will make a statement. (128412)

Administration costs are specific to the particular state of the labour market in each country. We have not therefore benchmarked the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA’s) administration costs against those for previous Olympic Games. We will however, continue to press down on those costs to ensure that they are contained within the budget agreed.

The total cost of the ODA’s programme delivery budget represents around 10 per cent. Of the total costs of the ODA programme, which is consistent with industry norms for a project of this scale, complexity and concentration.