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Olympic Games 2012: Hadleigh

Volume 493: debated on Friday 12 June 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her most recent estimate is of the cost to the public purse of hosting the Olympic mountain biking event at Hadleigh. (278012)

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has responsibility for delivering the mountain bike event at Hadleigh Farm, working with Essex county council. Direct costs of staging the event come from LOCOG's revenues which are primarily derived from commercial sponsorship, broadcast rights, ticket sales and merchandising/licensing—not from the public purse.

There will be attributable costs to the public purse, for example in respect of the security and transport functions associated with the venue. However these costs have not yet been identified separately for individual venues, but they will form part of the overall security and transport budgets.