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Olympic Games: Greater London

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if he will list his Department's responsibilities with regard to the 2012 Olympics; (147850)

(2) which Minister is responsible for elite athlete training for the London 2012 Olympics; which Minister will have responsibility for the sports legacy of 2012; and which Minister will have responsibility for the National Lottery statutory instrument due to be laid before the House after the summer adjournment.

The Minister for the Olympics is responsible for the Government's overall Olympic Programme and legacy plans, to which a number of Departments will contribute. As such, she will co-chair (with the Mayor of London) the Olympic Board and exercise statutory and other functions with respect to the London Organising Committee, the Olympic Delivery Authority and the Olympic lottery distributor.

The Government Olympic Executive, which remains part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, will report to the Minister for the Olympics through the Permanent Secretary of the Department.

As part of his wider responsibilities, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport is responsible for:

Elite athlete training for the London 2012 Olympics;

The sports legacy for 2012;

Laying before the House the National Lottery statutory instrument transferring funds to the Olympic lottery distributor.

To ensure close co-ordination, the Minister for Sport will continue, as previously, to attend the Olympic Board.

The Secretary of State and the Minister for the Olympics have joint responsibility for the Cultural Olympiad. This recognises the importance of the cultural programme to London 2012, and of seeing the Olympiad as a key opportunity for the cultural sectors, with a lasting legacy.

The Secretary of State will continue to exercise statutory and other functions in respect of the various established sporting, cultural and other bodies including UK Sport and Sport England.