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Olympic Games: Greater London

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what recent discussions (a) she and (b) her Department have had with companies which have bid for the utilities contracts for the Olympic games; (144109)

(2) when (a) she and (b) a Minister in her Department last had a meeting with (i) Thames Water and (ii) EDF energy to discuss the utilities (A) contracts and (B) requirements for the Olympic games.

The utilities contracts for the Stratford city and Olympic games sites are being procured under a commercially confidential process by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). To maximise the commercial benefits of negotiation the names of those organisations that have submitted a bid are not widely known within the ODA and have not been released externally.

I can confirm that no DCMS Minister has held meetings with Thames Water, EDF energy or any of the companies which have bid for the utilities contracts for the Olympic games to discuss contracts and the requirements for the games.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) which bodies will be involved in making the decision on the contractors and companies which are awarded the utilities contracts for the Olympic games; (144111)

(2) what input the Mayor of London will have into the decision making process for the utilities contracts for the Stratford city and Olympic games site.

The utilities contracts for the Stratford city and Olympic games sites are being procured under a commercially confidential process by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).

Tenders are currently being sought and evaluated by the ODA, and in due course their recommendations for award will be considered by the Olympic Projects Review Group (OPRG), which includes representation from the Greater London authority (GLA).

The OPRG may then make recommendations to Ministers for formal approval to award the contracts.