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Olympic Games: China

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether she has made an assessment of UK public opinion on London 2012's contribution to the Beijing Olympics closing ceremony; and if she will make a statement. (258904)

[holding answer 26 February 2009]: No formal assessment has been made of public opinion in the UK on London's Handover Ceremony in Beijing.

Since the August Handover ceremony, my Department's research has shown that interest in the 2012 Olympic games and Paralympic games has risen by six percentage points.

The Museums Libraries and Archives Council has carried out some assessment as part of their “People's Record” project. 5,000 people gave their views on the Handover celebrations and the Cultural Olympiad; the results will be published in spring.

The London Organising Committee of the Olypmic games will build on the experience gained and lessons learnt during this ceremony to deliver the ceremonies in 2012.