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Olympic Games 2012: Finance

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics which Government grants to the London 2012 Olympic Games project have not been notified to the European Commission for the purposes of compliance with the requirements of state aid rules; and for what reasons in each case. (289135)

The Olympic Delivery Authority is the statutory body charged with preparing for the 2012 games, including procuring the necessary infrastructure. For this purpose it receives grants from central government, the Greater London Authority, the London Development Agency, the Olympic Lottery Distributor and Sport England. These grants do not constitute state aid under European Union rules and, accordingly, have not been notified to the European Commission. In procuring games-related infrastructure, the Olympic Delivery Authority complies with European Union public procurement rules.