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Olympic Games 2012: Facilities

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her most recent estimate is of the cost of hosting the London 2012 Olympic sailing events at Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour. (281643)

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has responsibility for staging the Olympic and Paralympic games including at existing venues.

The enhanced facilities at Weymouth and Portland Harbour, completed in November 2008, are the first of the Olympic and Paralympic venues to be completed, and will have already delivered an early legacy of world-class facilities for elite athletes and the local community to use well ahead of 2012.

These enhanced facilities were constructed by the Olympic Delivery Authority ahead of schedule and within the overall approved budget of £9.2 million.

The direct costs associated with staging the events at Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour 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 from London 2012 venues, including Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour. However, these costs such as in security and transport systems have not yet been identified separately for individual events and will form part of the overall security and transport budgets.