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Olympic Games: Greater London

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 17 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department will take to ensure that the principles enshrined in the 2012 Construction Commitments will be upheld in the awarding of construction contracts in the Olympic project. (137359)

The Olympic Delivery Authority and partners are committed to promoting the 2012 Construction Commitments developed by the Strategic Forum for Construction, and this is clearly set out in its procurement policy.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the proportion of construction projects for the Olympic and Paralympic Games which are likely to be awarded to local construction firms. (137360)

In accordance with EU procurement regulation, no preference can be given to British companies. Contracts will be awarded to those judged to be the best suppliers and service providers. However, we are committed to ensuring that UK companies are well placed to compete successfully for Games related contracts, and the DTI is mobilising its full range of business support tools to help achieve this.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) publishes details of all contract opportunities on the business section of the London 2012 website at:

www.london2012.org

which also includes advance notice of future opportunities. Alongside this, the business opportunities network that is currently being developed will act as a conduit for information about procurement opportunities and supply chains within the London 2012 project. It will also allow business support organisations to communicate with and offer support to businesses in their area.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the contribution of specialist contractors to the construction projects involved in the Olympic and Paralympic Games; and what representations she has received on the involvement of specialist contractors. (137361)

The construction of the Olympic Park, including the packaging and procurement of contracts, is the responsibility of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). Building the Olympic Park will require the contribution of a wide range of contractors, including specialist contractors. In order to keep potential suppliers updated of developments in the letting of contracts the ODA has organised a series of Industry Days, focusing on different aspects of the construction work, which are designed to both consult with key stakeholders within the industry on how contracts could be packaged and to keep them abreast of the procurement process.

In accordance with the ODA's procurement policy and in the interests of maintaining fair and open competition, companies making representations directly to the ODA and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport are redirected to the business section of the London 2012 website:

www.london2012.com/business

where they can register to receive updates about the Industry Days and developments in the procurement of contracts. This service is open to all businesses throughout the UK.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the membership is of the (a) Olympic Board Steering group, (b) Olympic Programme Support Unit and (c) working level network of Olympic co-ordinators; what position is held by each; what expenses each has incurred; and on what dates each has attended meetings. (137492)

The Olympic Board Steering Group consists of senior representatives of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Communities and Local Government (CLG), the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), the Greater London Authority (GLA), the British Olympic Association (BOA), the British Paralympic Association (BPA), the Olympic Lottery Distributor (OLD) and the Olympic Programme Support Unit (OPSU). This group meets on a monthly basis.

The Olympic Co-ordinators group consists of representatives of Government Departments, the Devolved Administrations, the lead Regional Development Agency and lead Government Office for DCMS. Representatives of the GLA, ODA, LOCOG and OPSU also attend these meetings. This group meets on a quarterly basis.

Any travel and subsistence expenses that arise in relation to attendance at these meetings are the responsibility of the individual organisations and not these groups.

The Olympic Programme Support Unit is not a decision-making body with any specific representative membership. It is a small unit based within DCMS that provides a secretariat for the Olympic Board and independently monitors progress against the Olympic Programme as a whole.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which categories of projects will be entitled to money from the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, UK Wide Cultural Festival. (137495)

We have plans for a wide range of exciting and innovative projects to be part of the Cultural Olympiad. These projects will all: celebrate London and the UK welcoming the world; inspire and involve young people; and generate a positive legacy. The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games will shortly announce how cultural organisations can be involved in the Cultural Olympiad, including the UK-wide Cultural Festival.