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Inspire Mark: Sutton

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics which businesses in the London Borough of Sutton have applied for permission to use the Inspire Mark; and which have been (a) granted and (b) refused permission. (268704)

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) created the Inspire programme to support non-commercial projects specifically inspired by the 2012 Games. The Inspire Mark, the badge of the Inspire programme, is the first of its kind and will be a legacy for future Olympic and Paralympic Games. As at 1 April 2009, a total of 112 projects have been considered by LOCOG. To date 90 per cent. have been approved with the rest having received feedback so that they can resubmit in due course.

So far, no projects solely within Sutton have applied to use the Mark, but Sutton's Olympic and Paralympic Forum are looking at ways to build awareness of the benefits available from the Games. National Inspire Programme projects are however being delivered in the constituency, such as Young Ambassadors in Sutton School Sport Partnerships, Make Your Mark in three Sutton schools, and free swimming for the over 60s in the borough, as well as the Get Set Education programme.