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Olympic Games 2012: Safety and Security

Volume 706: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government which public bodies have a role in providing security for the 2012 Olympics in London. [HL547]

The principal role in providing security for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London rests with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), though other police services such as the City of London Police and the British Transport Police (BTP) will also have an important role to play.

Other police forces will have a role in security for Olympic venues outside London. In addition, organisations such as the Security Service, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and the UK Border Agency (UKBA) have a role in security as part of their wider duties. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is responsible for construction of venues and infrastructure, which will include security elements.

A wider section of other public bodies are involved in security preparations for the Games at a local and national level. Private organisations such as the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) and private security firms also have an important role to play in overall security arrangements.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government which departments, agencies, public bodies and other organisations participate in or contribute to the Olympic safety and security programme. [HL614]

A wide range of organisations contribute to the safety and security programme for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The following list, which is not exhaustive, sets out the principal stakeholders for this programme:

Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO);

Association of Police Authorities (APA);

British Red Cross;

British Telecom;

British Transport Police (BTP);

British Transport Police Authority;

Cabinet Office;

Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI);

City of London Police;

City of London Police Committee;

Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG);

Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS—including the Government Olympic Executive—GOE);

Department for Health (DoH) the wider National Health Service (NHS) and the Health Protection Agency;

Department for Transport (DfT), including the Transport Security and Contingencies Team (Transec)

Equalities and Human Rights Commission;

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO);

Greater London Authority (GLA) and London councils;

Government Office for London (GO—London);

Government Office for Science (GOS);

Health & Safety Executive (HSE);

HM Courts Service;

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC);

The Home Office, including the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB), Identity and Passport Service (IPS);

National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), Security Industry Authority (SIA);

Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA),

International Olympic Committee (IOC);

London Ambulance Service and ambulance services at other venues;

London Boroughs;

London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) and UK and international sports organisations;

London Criminal Justice Board;

London Fire Brigade and fire and rescue services at other venues;

Maritime & Coastguard Agency;

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA);

Ministry of Defence (MoD);

Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and related criminal justice agencies;

National Grid;

Office of the Chief Scientific Officer;

Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA);

Other Home Office police forces, including those responsible for policing at specific venues, such as Dorset, Essex, Greater Manchester, Hertfordshire, Northumbria, South Wales, Thames Valley Police and West Midlands, or related facilities (Kent, Surrey and Sussex);

Port of London Authority (POLA);

Private companies and trade associations, including the British Security Industry Association (BSIA);

Security Service;

Strathclyde Police;

Transport for London (TfL);

Transport operators (railways, ports and airports); and

HM Treasury, including the Office of Government Commerce (OGC).

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To ask Her Majesty's Government which department and Minister have overall responsibility for the Olympic safety and security programme. [HL615]

The Secretary of State for the Home Department and the Home Office have overall responsibility for the Olympic safety and security programme.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government when the design phase of the Olympic Safety and Security Programme will be completed. [HL682]

The main design component of the Olympic safety and security programme will be completed once a final Olympic safety and security strategy and supporting documentation has been presented to the Cabinet Sub-committee on National Security, International Relations and Development (Protective Security & Resilience) in February 2009.

The long-term nature and complexity of the Olympic safety and security programme is such that there will continue to be elements of security design throughout its lifetime, which is normal and expected for this type of programme.