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Olympic Games 2012

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on Wales’ contribution to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; and if he will make a statement. (255559)

I regularly meet with the First Minister to discuss a range of issues that affect Wales, including the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Wales has already developed an international reputation as a nation capable of hosting, and winning, successful major sporting events, which has been reflected with the Australian Paralympic Committee’s commitment to be one of the first to confirm their intention of coming to Wales. Wales has already secured Olympic Football for the Millennium Stadium.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games) expect to directly procure £6 billion worth of contracts. The Government and the Welsh Assembly Government have actively encouraged small and medium enterprises to register and compete for these contracts through the CompeteFor programme. So far, 1,000 Welsh businesses have registered on the website. I raised the issue of the business opportunities presented by the Games at the National Economic Summit in North Wales on 6 February.