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Olympic Games: China

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has made to the Chinese authorities about the deployment of members of China’s security forces during the Olympic flame procession in London. (202126)

As with all torch relays, the Olympic flame was accompanied by “torch attendants” employed by the Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) the Olympic organising committee responsible for the flame after it has been handed over to the host city. These attendants are responsible for lighting and extinguishing the torches and accompanying and guarding the flame.

They did not have any policing or law enforcement responsibilities. Anyone who believes that a criminal offence has been committed should report it to the police in the usual way.