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Olympic Games 2012

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether she has set baselines or targets in order to assess the legacy effect the 2012 Games will have on (a) sporting participation, (b) regeneration, (c) tourism and (d) business in the UK; and how she plans to measure those effects. (193690)

Work is taking place to develop the baseline and targets for the indicators in both Public Service Agreement 22 (Deliver a successful Olympic Games and Paralympic Games with a sustainable legacy and get more children and young people taking part in high quality PE and sport), and the Legacy Action Plan.

The forthcoming Legacy Action Plan will provide more information on our ambition for the legacy effect the 2012 games including the effects on sports participation, regeneration, tourism and business in the UK, and the programmes that will deliver those benefits.

An evaluation framework is being developed to ensure that the legacy effects of the games can be measured in a coherent and co-ordinated manner.

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what studies she has (a) commissioned and (b) plans to commission to assess the legacy effects of the 2012 Olympic Games on (i) sporting participation, (ii) regeneration, (iii) tourism and (iv) business in the UK. (193691)

Prior to London winning the bid, a number of studies were commissioned to provide a range of independent opinions and to aid the development of Government policy in ensuring a UK legacy. These preliminary studies include the Olympic Games Impact Study produced by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Arup study.

In June 2007, we published our Legacy Promises, which include commitments on sporting participation, regeneration, tourism and business. Since then, we have conducted quantitative and qualitative research to test our legacy plans, and consulted stakeholders widely, including the nations and regions and other Departments. The policies worked up following this will be published shortly in the Legacy Action Plan.

An evaluation framework is being developed to ensure that the legacy effects of the games in all key areas are captured and measured effectively.