To ask Her Majesty's Government what person or organisation is responsible for specifying the equipment to be installed in the 2012 Olympic shooting venue; what meetings that person or organisation has had with British Shooting to discuss the specification of the equipment; when next that person or organisation intends to meet British Shooting for that purpose; and what expectations and proposals that person or organisation has for the reuse of the equipment after the Olympic Games. [HL4616]
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has responsibility for procuring the sporting equipment for the Olympic shooting events, with the specification set by the International Shooting Sport Federation as the ruling body for the Olympic shooting competition. LOCOG has the same responsibility for the Paralympic shooting events, with the specification set by the International Paralympic Committee.
British Shooting has recently committed to work collaboratively with LOCOG and stakeholders to help define and secure the best possible legacy for the sport. As a consequence LOCOG is in the process of arranging an appropriate meeting with British Shooting to follow up on this welcomed support. LOCOG and the Olympic Delivery Authority will also assess the potential to reuse and relocate assets and equipment used in the 2012 shooting events in conjunction with British Shooting, government and Sport England.
There are three components to the legacy. First, the Olympic and Paralympic Games will provide the opportunity to showcase the shooting events in an iconic London location and raise the profile of the sport. Secondly, there is the reuse of sports equipment and shooting ranges following the Games. British Shooting has recently provided a much welcomed commitment to work with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) to help define and secure the best possible legacy from the Games. The engagement with British Shooting will consider every opportunity, including those that may exist beyond the reuse of equipment.
Thirdly, through using inspiration of London 2012 Games, Sport England has recently invested £750,000 in the development of grassroots target shooting as part of the Whole Sports Plans 2009-13. The plan will harness the interest in the sport created by the 2012 Games and aims to increase participation levels.