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Olympic Games 2012

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent members of staff in (a) his Department and (b) its associated public bodies are working on projects relating to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; how many of them are working on (i) project management, (ii) legacy planning, (iii) project oversight and (iv) financial oversight; and what plans he has for future staffing levels in each case. (279823)

There are currently 47.6 Home Office staff or equivalents engaged full time on aspects of the development of and planning for the London 2012 Games. Roles are not specifically project based. Other staff in the Home Office and its agencies, such as the Serious Organised Crime Agency, are involved in Olympic-related projects as part of their wider duties as required.

There are currently 144.37 full-time equivalent staff from the Metropolitan Police and other police forces working on Olympic security. They are a mix of officers and civilians engaged in operational, project and programme roles which also involve both financial oversight and legacy planning.

Staffing numbers in the Home Office, its agencies and police forces will fluctuate according to the demands of the programme and are kept under constant review. The split of resources between these organisations may also change as a result of the formation of the Olympic Security Directorate in the Home Office involving the formal secondment of some staff from police forces and other agencies to the Home Office.