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Olympic Games: Greater London

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what effect the use of Lottery funding for the 2012 Olympic Games will have on funding of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. (139749)

Subject to parliamentary approval £4.5 million will be transferred to the Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund between 2009 and 2012 from the balance of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI). On current projections, even after this contribution, and any sales diversion effect from Olympic Lottery products, ACNI should still have around £20 million of fresh Lottery income over those four years. Existing commitments need not be affected by the additional Olympic transfer.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will (a) consult shooting organisations on the location for Olympic shooting events and (b) reconsider the decision to site them at Woolwich; and if she will make a statement. (140147)

The Great Britain Target Shooting Federation and International Shooting Federation were previously involved in the decisions regarding the change of shooting venue from the National Shooting Centre, Bisley to the current venue at the Royal Artillery Barracks at Woolwich.

The Royal Artillery Barracks are part of the Host City Contract agreement with the IOC and are deemed to provide a more compact Games that allowed athletes to train and compete within 30 minutes travel time of the Olympic Village. There are currently no plans to move the Olympic shooting events to an alternative venue.