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Olympic Games 2012: Essex

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if the Minister for the East of England will visit (a) Essex and (b) Colchester to discuss potential involvement with the 2012 Olympics. (188627)

The Minister for the East of England will be visiting Essex in July to meet representatives of the county council, and has asked for the Olympics to be placed on the agenda.

The Minister for the East of England, and I understand that partners in Essex are well engaged with the Olympics nations and regions structures that are in place. I am also aware of the efforts made by Colchester to engage and recognise opportunities by forming a 2012 Partnership Group and submitting an application for a pre-games training camp.

The Minister for the East of England currently has no plans to visit Colchester, but she would be pleased to consider any further information about how it plans to be involved in the 2012 Olympics.