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Olympic Games: Greater London

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has made within Government in the last 12 months about securing benefits to Northern Ireland from the 2012 Olympics. (133624)

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) is the lead Northern Ireland Department to ensure Northern Ireland benefits from the potential opportunities that will arise from London hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.

The DCAL Permanent Secretary chairs an Olympic NI Task Force, which consists of representatives from other Government Departments and organisations responsible for delivering the benefits. This Group has met on four occasions over the last 12 months. DCAL works in close partnership with the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), the lead Government Department and with the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG).