[holding answer 25 February 2010]: In my capacity as Minister for Sport I attended the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and was accompanied by my Private Secretary. The Minister for the Olympics also attended the games with her Private Secretary, a press officer and a special adviser.
In addition, four members of the Government Olympic Executive also attended the games and it is planned that a further four officials will attend the Paralympics. They are participating in the observer programmes which run throughout the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Attendance at the Games provided an invaluable opportunity to study at first-hand Vancouver's experience in staging an Olympic Games and to learn lessons for London 2012.
[holding answer 1 March 2010]: Details of ministerial travel costing over £500 are published annually and include the cost, destination and purpose of the trip. It also provides information on the number of officials who accompany Ministers.
The most recent list was published in July 2009 and the details of attendance at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games will be included in the 2010 return.