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Olympic Games 2012

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 18 November 2008, Official Report, column 260W, on the Olympic Games 2012, (1) what plans his Department has to involve Northern Ireland in the 2012 Olympic games; (243383)

(2) when he next expects to hold discussions with (a) the First Minister and (b) the Deputy First Minister on this matter.

I have no ministerial responsibility in respect of the Olympic and Paralympic games 2012 and accordingly I have no plans to hold discussions with the First and Deputy First Minister on this matter.

However, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and the Minister for the Olympics are determined to ensure that the whole of the UK is engaged with and benefits from the games in 2012. His Department and the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games are working closely with the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, which leads and co-ordinates all aspects relating to the 2012 games for Northern Ireland, to maximise benefits for Northern Ireland.