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Olympic Games 2012: Essex

Volume 473: debated on Wednesday 12 March 2008

To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to her answer of the 4 March 2008, Official Report, column 2309W, on Olympic Games 2012: Essex, how many times the Nations and Regions Group has met since it was established. (193687)

The Nations and Regions Group first met in May 2004, before London was confirmed as the location for the 2012 games. Its role then was to bring substance to our bid commitment that we would spread the benefits from the 2012 games across the UK, and also to generate support within the UK for London’s bid. It met a total of four times before July 2005, when London’s success was confirmed.

Since July 2005, the group has continued to meet and has developed more formal operating and governance arrangements. It has met a further 12 times and will continue to meet quarterly. The group’s purpose is to deliver against the bid commitment to maximise the levels of engagement and benefit across the UK from the 2012 games, which was a key component of our bid success.