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Olympic Games 2012

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Minister for the Olympics with reference to the answer given to Lord Holme of Cheltenham in the House of Lords on 14 March 2007, Official Report [Lords], columns 135-36WA, on Olympic Games 2012: construction, what progress has been made in ensuring there is a social and economic legacy as well as a physical legacy for local people following the 2012 Olympics. (197425)

Specific initiatives, such as the London Employment and Skills Taskforce (LEST) Action Plan and London Business Network, have been developed to ensure local people and businesses are able to benefit from the opportunities being presented by the Olympics. For example, 77 local businesses have already been awarded contracts to supply the Olympic Delivery Authority. As legacy planning develops, we will continue to work with private and public sector delivery agencies to ensure that other opportunities are identified to deliver our commitment to transform the heart of East London.

In addition, the development of the Legacy Masterplan Framework (LMF) will set the context for the transformation of the Olympic Park to its post-Games uses, providing world-class sporting facilities set within a new 110 hectare park, along with the creation of a new urban district, linked with its surroundings, which will provide over 9,000 new homes, 12,000 jobs and other social facilities for local people. The London Development Agency and the newly appointed masterplanning team have started the process to develop the LMF and will engage closely with local people and businesses to ensure the masterplan reflects their ideas.

To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether there will be any ministerial involvement in the London Olympic Torch Relay. (199026)

I greeted the Beijing Organising Committee on the evening of 5 April, when they brought the flame into the UK. In addition, both my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and I attended the relay on 6 April, at No. 10 with my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, and then later at the Southbank Centre.