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Olympic Games: Greater London

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what proportion of the Cultural Olympiad budget is allocated to Tier 1 events; and how much has already been spent. (156945)

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic games and Paralympic games (LOCOG) is a privately funded commercial organisation, and due to commercial sensitivities, particularly with regards to ensuring that LOCOG is in a position to ensure value for money from suppliers and contractors, the budgets for the handover ceremonies have not been published.

Tier 1 events, which will be paid for from within the overall £2 billion revenue budget of LOCOG, are those included in the Mandatory Ceremonies programme.

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the cost has been of developing the Olympic canoeing facilities at Broxbourne that have now been cancelled, broken down by main column heading. (157733)

[holding answer 15 October 2007]: Site investigations are ongoing on the planned Spitalbrook site in Broxbourne. As announced, an alternative site is now being considered due to the risk of contamination on the original site. Overall costs for the canoeing facilities will be disclosed in due course.

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what progress has been made in constructing facilities for shooting sports at the 2012 Olympic Games. (159570)

Construction of the temporary shooting facility at Woolwich Arsenal is not due to start before 2010.

To ask the Minister for the Olympics to what uses the shooting facilities being constructed for the 2012 Olympic Games will be put following the games. (159571)

The shooting facilities at Woolwich Arsenal will be temporary facilities which may be designed and constructed with a view to them being reusable and relocatable. These venues will have the potential to be re-configured for a wide range of uses. They could be used for light industry, warehousing, and storage of a wide range of goods and materials including large machinery, foodstuffs and supplies.

Decisions on the precise legacy use of the temporary venues have yet to be taken.

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the estimated cost is of the shooting facilities required for the 2012 Olympic Games. (159572)

Detailed information about construction costs is commercially sensitive and cannot be issued at present.