The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is subject to a Management Statement and Financial Memorandum (“The Management Statement”), approved by myself and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, which sets out the rules and guidelines relevant to the exercise of the ODA’s functions, duties and powers.
The Management Statement provides that the Chairman must ensure that a Code of Practice for Members of the ODA is in place based on the Cabinet Office’s model “Guidance on Codes of Practice for Board Members of Public Bodies.” The Code commits the Chairman and other Board Members to “The Seven Principles of Public Life” and includes a requirement for a comprehensive and publicly available register of Board Members’ interests.
The Management Statement also provides that ODA must operate at all times with the highest ethical standards and practices in accordance with the requirements set out in the ODA’s Employee Handbook, and its Code of Conduct and Business Ethics. The Code provides guidance on a wide range of issues including gifts and hospitality.
Compliance monitoring is primarily a matter for ODA’s internal audit. However, the Department remains involved in this process, through its attendance at ODA Audit Committee meetings.
In accordance with its Management Statement and its commitment to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the ODA has made its gifts and hospitality register and register of Board Members’ interests publicly available. The ODA has now increased accessibility by making these available on its website. Copies are also available from the House Library.