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Olympic Delivery Authority: Disclosure of Information

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what guidance she has provided to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) on providing access for the public to its (a) register of interests and (b) register of gifts and hospitality; how she monitors the ODA’s procedures for complying with (i) that guidance and (ii) the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in publishing such information; and if she will make a statement. (198823)

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.