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Females: Olympic Games 2012

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government has taken to promote the employment of women as part of the preparation for and delivery of the Olympic Games. (209043)

[holding answer 5 June 2008]: I have been asked to reply.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) through its equality and diversity strategy ensures that all the processes used to recruit and manage employees (including within the supply chain) are demonstrably fair. The ODA will make reasonable adjustments where necessary and offer equal opportunities to all.

Women will benefit through the Women into Construction project which the ODA and the London Development Agency have developed. This focuses on supporting women wishing to work directly on the construction programme for the 2012 Games.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has a strong diversity and inclusion policy for the recruitment and retention of staff and volunteers that covers gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion and age. This will be regularly monitored for its effectiveness, and builds on the prominence of diversity and equality as key components of London's bid for the Games. LOCOG also requests equal opportunities policies from potential suppliers.