To ask Her Majesty's Government which department and Minister have responsibility for the design phase of the Olympic safety and security programme. [HL616]
To ask Her Majesty's Government what work will follow the design phase of the Olympic safety and security programme; and which departments and Ministers will have responsibility for that work. [HL617]
The Secretary of State for the Home Department and the Home Office have overall responsibility for the Olympic safety and security programme. Day-to-day responsibility for the design phase of the programme rests with Admiral the Lord West of Spithead.
Following the design phase of the Olympic safety and security programme the programme will transition to an implementation phase which will take forward the security activities and planning necessary to deliver a safe and secure 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In broad terms this work will involve protecting Olympic venues, events and supporting infrastructure; preparing for any disruptive challenges; identifying and disrupting security threats; planning and resourcing security for the Games; and engaging with domestic and international security partners. Departmental and Ministerial responsibilities during the implementation phase will be unchanged.
The Olympic safety and security programme is already under way with planning and design work in progress and significant activity taking place at the Olympic Park in Stratford.
The Olympic safety and security strategy will be presented to the Cabinet sub-committee on National Security, International Relations and Development (Protective Security and Resilience) in February 2009 and following this the programme will transition into an implementation phase. This will last until the summer of 2012 when the operation to secure the Games will take place.
The programme is scheduled for completion on 31 March 2013 to allow time after the end of the Games to undertake the International Olympic Committee's lessons learned process and implement the changes necessary to reduce security to the levels required in a legacy environment.