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Olympic Games 2012: Cumbria

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what assessment her Office has made of the effect of workers being employed on the Olympic village on the availability of labour for construction projects (a) in Cumbria, (b) in Copeland constituency and (c) elsewhere. (263718)

I have been asked to reply.

The Department has not made an assessment of the effect of workers being employed on the Olympic village on the availability of labour for construction projects elsewhere.

ConstructionSkills, the industry Sector Skills Council, undertakes research into skills requirements and other issues to inform policy development. The Olympic village is an important construction programme, but various other projects and factors, including mobility, also impact on labour availability.

According to ConstructionSkills’ most recent research around one in ten (9 per cent) of those with a permanent address in the North West are working on sites outside the region. This is half the average amount for UK/Republic of Ireland. 1 per cent of the London workforce originates from the North West.