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Government Olympic Executive: Expenditure

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much has been spent on the Government Olympic Executive in each of the last three years. (258337)

The expenditure of the Government Olympic Executive (GOE), part of the DCMS, for the last two complete financial years is as follows:

£ million

2006-07

3.1

2007-08

5.4

The estimated expenditure for GOE in 2008-09 is £8.1 million.

This planned increase in costs (a) reflects the wider role the GOE has taken on during this period—GOE is now the only organisation overseeing the entire Olympic project, integrating the work of multiple delivery bodies, and ensuring the games is delivered within the £9.3 billion public sector funding provision; (b) is a planned response to the expected growth in work to deliver the Government's commitments and guarantees, as 2012 approaches; and (c) is consistent with GOE's staffing and resource plan for 2008-09 to 2010-11, which was agreed by Treasury early in 2008.

GOE's budget covers funding for both (a) GOE staff costs and (b) 2012-related programmes aimed at maximising the benefits of the games for the whole of the UK. In 2008-09, for example, this has included a contribution towards the costs of regional Cultural Olympiad programmers, the costs of events to engage with the public and to raise awareness of the opportunities the games can provide for all the nations and regions of the UK, the costs of establishing a 2012 evaluation framework Cabinet Office and the costs of publishing the 2012 Legacy Action Plan and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Annual Report.