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Olympic Games: Greater London

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer of 18 July 2007, Official Report, column 363W, on the Olympic Games: Greater London, whether the role of KPMG changed once they stopped providing advice to her Department and started advising the Olympic Delivery Authority in July 2006. (154086)

Yes. KPMG were contracted to provide advice to the Department on the development of the Olympic budget until July 2006. Following this, KPMG were contracted by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to provide the ODA with ongoing advice on their cost estimates. KPMG have continued in this role.

To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer of 18 July 2007, Official Report, column 363W, on the Olympic Games: Greater London, what documents KPMG provided to her Department when they stopped providing it with advice on the cost of the Olympics in July 2006. (154089)

Other than an invoice for their work up until July 2006, our records show that KPMG did not provide the Department with any further documents.

To ask the Minister for the Olympics (1) pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2007, Official Report, column 1292W, on the Olympic Games: Greater London, how the cost review continued its work after 25 April; (154100)

(2) on what areas of the Olympics budget the cost review continued to work after 25 April.

After 25 April 2006, the cost review continued its work by analysing and validating the cost estimates and risks underpinning all aspects of the cost package that was subsequently announced to the House on 15 March 2007. This included: Olympic Park and venues; Olympic infrastructure and regeneration; and security.

To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2007, Official Report, column 1292W, on the Olympic Games: Greater London, which (a) ministerial and (b) official groups have taken forward the work of the Cost Review Group since 25 April. (154102)

I, and departmental officials, held a number of bilateral meetings with key stakeholders to take forward the cost review work from 25 April 2006 until my statement of 15 March 2007, Official Report, column 450. No specific ministerial group or official groups were required.

Following my announcement of 15 March 2007, Ministers have established a Funders Group, supported by officials, to continually assess the Olympic budget and agree any further calls on the contingency provision.

To ask the Minister for the Olympics (1) what her policy is on the use of the Red Arrows RAF flying team during the 2012 Olympics; and if she will make a statement; (155620)

(2) if she will make a statement on the involvement of the Red Arrows in the Olympic ceremonies in 2012.

Newspaper claims that the Government have banned or advised against the Red Arrows’ involvement in the opening ceremony or any other celebrations associated with the 2012 Games are completely untrue and unfounded.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is responsible for deciding what to include in the opening ceremony and other celebrations, and no decisions have yet been taken about the content. The Red Arrows have already played a memorable role in the celebrations, when they flew over Trafalgar Square to mark London winning the Games.