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Government Olympic Executive: Manpower

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics (1) how many staff worked in the Government Olympic Executive in each of the last three years; (258334)

(2) how many staff worked for her in each of the last three years.

[holding answer 25 February 2009]: Since its inception in June 2007 my private office has consisted of five officials and a special adviser, except for when it has carried vacancies.

In addition, staff working in the Government Olympic Executive (GOE) report to me through the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The number of staff (full-time equivalents (FTEs)) working in the GOE has risen over the last three years as follows.

As at February each year

FTEs

2006

30

2007

44.3

2008

63

2009

87.3

This planned increase in staffing (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 the Treasury early in 2008.