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Olympic Games 2012

Volume 710: debated on Monday 18 May 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 23 April (WA 412) that the Government Olympic Executive (GOE) “is the only body overseeing the entire Olympic project”, what is the role of the London Organising Committee of the Olympics in staging the 2012 Games, given the GOE's “specific focus on staging”. [HL3367]

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is responsible for preparing and staging the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. To deliver the whole range of services required to host the Games, LOCOG works with a number of partner organisations, including the Government.

The team focused on staging within the Government Olympic Executive is responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient delivery of the government guarantees given to the IOC as part of the London 2012 bid, which outline the public services that need to be delivered for the Games. These include, for example, provision of public sector-owned venues, provision of broadcasting spectrum and guidance on the importation of goods and visas. The team also leads on planning across government on, for example, national operations during the Games and international dignitary visits.

The staging team also leads on carrying out the appropriate assurance of LOCOG's work, reporting to the Minister for the Olympics and the DCMS accounting office in relation to the Government's guarantee to the IOC to act as the ultimate financial guarantor should there be any shortfall in the LOCOG budget.