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Olympic Games 2012: Security

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make an assessment of the armed protection that will need to be provided for participants and other visitors during the London Olympic Games; and what estimate has been made of the cost of such provision. (201886)

The development of the Olympic Security Programme is led by the Olympic Security Directorate, located within the Metropolitan Police Service, but reporting functionally to the Home Office Olympic Security Director. Protective security, including the consideration of armed protection requirements, is a key part of the planning process that is being undertaken. Any such requirements will be subject to the delivery and approval of a costed security plan being prepared by the Olympic Security Directorate. Provision will be met from within the maximum funding envelope of £600 million.

However, we do not comment upon protective security arrangements and their associated costs for categories of individuals as to do so could compromise the integrity of those arrangements and affect security of those concerned.