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There will be a £17 billion investment in transport, which will include the East London line extension and the docklands light railway upgrade. Members will be able to discuss the details in Committee. That played a major part in winning our bid because, as Members know, we did not get the best grades for our answers to the 25 questions a year ago last January.
Security formed part of our submission; it was part of our candidate file. I believe that the IOC was satisfied with what we were saying about home security and I have no doubt that that matter will be further explored in Committee. I can assure hon. Members that we will not leave it untouched. There is no doubting that we have a first-class security and intelligence service in this country. We were there in Sydney and very much so in Athens; our people were leading the security committees there. Security will be one of the major considerations.
On the Olympic delivery authority, I emphasise that it is very important to bring in not just the skilled but the best in the world, and we will search the world to
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contract those people. We think that they will be attracted because, as has already been said, the national stadium will be more than an Olympic stadium; its design will revolutionise the way that sports facilities are used around the world in years to come. If we can build an 80,000-seater stadium, reduce it to a 20,000 capacity and build it back to a 40,000-seater capacity using designs that we believe are now attainable with existing materials and engineering skills, it will bring a whole new dimension to stadium design. If one looks at the legacy of Sydney, one sees that real difficulties were encountered with its national stadium. We saw what happened in Athens and in Barcelona. We believe that we can introduce a whole new dimension to stadium design. Our proposal to use facilities on a temporary basis and then to move them around the world is an important development, so the challenge to develop such stadiums and associated further facilities, and the opportunity that that presents, is immense.
Many initiatives have already been taken to ensure that the skills base and the opportunity for regeneration do not pass the east end by. More need to be taken and a major responsibility of the ODA company will be to ensure that we can drive that quality regeneration in the most effective way. It will alsoit is embedded in the Billbe one of the greenest Olympic games ever and it will be commended by the IOC.
We believe that all those elements are now in the Bill. We believe that we have got the structure right. We believe that we have put the right checks and balances in place and taken the correct approach to the budget; that will be very significant.
Mr. Caborn: No, but on the question that I am sure the hon. Gentleman wants to raise, I think there has been an incorrect interpretation of the compulsory purchase orders. We want to ensure that there is a fair settlement for all those who will be displaced. I will ensure that the ODA understands that. We want to achieve that settlement. We do not want traders to be put out of business. I have taken a personal interest in this; I will continue to do so, and I hope that all parties will come to the negotiating table to try to get a reasonable and fair settlement. Yes, the balance of powers has now gone to the LDA; I acknowledge that. The LDA has now won that bid, but I hope that we can still have an air of co-operation and transparency, which will bring a fair settlement to all those who will be displaced. I will watch that very carefully and if the hon. Gentleman wants to meet me to discuss it, I will be more than pleased to see him.
I thank all those who were involved in the bid. All of us, from the bidding team right through to those of us who have been involved in this in the Government, have been given a fantastic opportunity to present this nation in the best light. Many thought we could not do it. But the Secretary of State and I never doubted it, even though one or two of our colleagues in the Cabinet did from time to time. [Hon. Members: "Name them."] I will not name them. Could I? Yes, but I will not.
It was great to be out there in Singapore. The only thing I do say is that Jacques Rogge is now going to get a letter from me, from Sheffield, and Seb Coe and I will
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have to present it to him because I hope he will never leave anybody in suspense again when opening an envelope.
That the Education (School Organisation Proposals) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2005, (S.I., 2005, No. 1801), dated 2nd July 2005, be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.[Tony Cunningham.]
Mr. Mark Francois (Rayleigh) (Con): I wish to present a petition of some 1,300 residents of Hullbridge in my constituency which calls for a more regular policing presence to combat antisocial behaviour in their area. I record my particular thanks to Mr. Yogesh Patel, the proprietor who runs the Ferry pharmacy in Hullbridge and who kindly hosted the petition to make it easier for residents to sign.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Home Secretary to provide for more frequent police patrols in Hullbridge and for a team of officers to be regularly assigned to protecting the area.
Declares that current speed limits on the A251 Ashford Road are too high and pose a substantial risk to the health of road users and those living in close proximity to the road. The Petitioners further declare that the present limits of 50 and 60 miles per hour create a situation where villagers, and those involved with Sheldwich Primary School, feel unable to use the road safely.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Secretary of State for Transport to take steps to ensure that the speed limits on roads through the villages of North Street, Sheldwich and Badlesmere are reduced to 30 miles per hour and that limits on roads outside these areas are reduced to 40 miles per hour.
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