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Olympic Games

17. Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on proposed training facilities for the 2012 Olympics. [46106]

Tessa Jowell: Preparation and holding camps are an important element of the Games, potentially bringing benefits to the whole of the UK, both in economic terms and in galvanising the participation and engagement of local communities who will play host to elite athletes from around the globe. The responsibility for co-ordinating preparation and holding camps lies with the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) in conjunction with the British Olympic Association who are developing a pre-training guide and application process to assist the Devolved Administrations and the English Regions in securing these training camps. The 2012 Nations and Regions Group, chaired by Charles Allen, will also be working with the Regions to develop plans for maximising the benefits of hosting the Games and regional working groups will be fully engaged on this issue as work goes forward.

18. Mr. Pelling: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on progress with arrangements for the 2012 Olympics. [46107]

Tessa Jowell: We have made excellent progress since 6 July with preparations for London to host the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Top appointments at the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and the interim Olympic Delivery Authority have been made, the London Olympic Games
 
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and Paralympic Games Bill continues to make good progress through Parliament, and work is under way on the Olympic Park site.

Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on progress with arrangements for the 2012 Olympics. [46175]

Mr. Caborn: We have made excellent progress since 6 July with preparations for London to host the 2012 Olympic games and Paralympic games. Top appointments at the London Organising Committee for the Olympic games and the interim Olympic Delivery Authority have been made, and the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Bill continues to make good progress through Parliament. Work is already under way on the Olympic Park site.

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress is being made in involving regions outside London in preparation for the 2012 Olympics. [46176]

Mr. Caborn: We have established a nations and regions group (NRG) chaired by Charles Alien, the chairman of ITV. It will ensure the whole of the UK is engaged with and realises the benefits—economic, social and sporting—from the 2012 Olympic games and Paralympic games. Each nation and region has also established a national or regional working group to draw together people from across the nation or region with a role to play in engaging local communities and securing the benefits from 2012.

The NRG met in London on 25 January and representatives from the national and regional working groups met in Leeds on 26 January to consider future arrangements in more detail.

Peter Law: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment was made by PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Olympic games impact study of December 2005 of the economic impact in the south Wales valleys of holding the Olympic games in London in 2012. [46572]

Mr. Caborn: The Olympic games impact study analyses the potential economic, social and environmental impacts of hosting the 2012 Olympic games and Paralympic games on three geographical areas: the UK as a whole; London; and north east London. It does not analyse the impact on other particular regions or nations within the UK.

The report presents a picture of what would happen if nothing was done to spread the benefits from the games. Government and 2012 stakeholders are committed to ensuring timely and appropriate action is taken to spread the benefits throughout the UK.

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on progress of preparations in Dorset for the 2012 Olympics. [45854]

Mr. Caborn: The Dorset Olympic Steering Croup (DOSG) has been set up as the local lead for venue development. DOSG links in with a new local co-ordination structure for Dorset. This comprises the Dorset Strategic Partnership, Dorset Economic Partnership and County Sports Partnership. The Dorset Strategic Partnership is currently developing a vision
 
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statement for Dorset and 2012, consulting all relevant partners. The CEO of Dorset county council sits on a regional steering group which has now been set up to co-ordinate the programme of activity across the south west.

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has for the provision of training facilities in the Eastern Region for the 2012 Olympic Games, with particular reference to rowing. [45989]

Mr. Caborn: I am aware of the excellent rowing facilities that already exist in the Eastern Region and in the hon. Gentleman's own constituency of Peterborough. It will be for the National Olympic Committee of each country to decide where their teams will train for the London 2012 Games. The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) is responsible for co-ordinating the preparation of training camps for the Games in conjunction with the British Olympic Association (BOA). They are currently developing a Pre-Training Guide that will both assist partners in the Devolved Administrations and the English Regions to secure these training camps.

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what liaison bodies have been established between her Department and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in relation to the arrangements for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic games; and if she will make a statement. [46065]

Mr. Caborn: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) worked closely with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) during London's bid to host the 2012 Olympic games and Paralympic games. Since winning the right to host the games, DCMS has continued to work closely with ODPM on preparations for the games.

The DCMS has established, and chairs, an inter-departmental steering group which will provide strategic direction in delivering the games and its legacy and a working level network of Olympic co-ordinators. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), along with other Whitehall Departments, is represented on both of these groups. ODPM are also represented on the Olympic delivery group and the Olympic projects review group established by DCMS.

DCMS and ODPM represent Government on the Olympic board steering group that was established by the four Olympic stakeholders (Government, the Mayor, the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and the British Olympic Association).

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and the Deputy Prime Minister are both on the ministerial committee on the Olympics (MISC 25) that co-ordinates and oversees Government issues relating to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

Horseracing Industry

19. Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support her Department gave to the horseracing industry in the last financial year. [46108]


 
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Mr. Caborn: My Department sponsors the horseracing industry and two non-departmental public bodies, which provide support and funding.

In the last financial year, the Horserace Betting Levy Board distributed £96 million to racing and the Horserace Totalisator Board contributed £11 million, in addition to its levy payments.

Children's Play

20. Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her Department's policy on children's play. [46109]

Mr. Lammy: My Department recognises the importance of play in children's lives, not only for its own sake, but also in terms of other government priorities such as reducing obesity or increasing educational attainment. We remain committed to play and we are developing a more strategic approach to play policy through the cross departmental group which was set up last year.

Administrative Costs

Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the administrative costs were of each agency for which she has responsibility in the last year for which figures are available; what the total of such costs was in that year; and whether the costs are regarded for the purposes of public expenditure statistical analyses as (a) identifiable and (b) non-identifiable. [39855]

Mr. Lammy: The Department is responsible for one agency, The Royal Parks. All of the agency's resource expenditure is classed as other current" costs rather than administration costs" in the Supply Estimates and the Departmental Resource Accounts. The Royal Parks expenditure figures for 2004–05 can be found in the Royal Parks Annual Report at pages 48–60, a copy of which is available in the House of Parliament Library and from The Royal Parks website, www.royalparks.gov.uk/about/publications. Expenditure is broken down into the following categories:
Gross expenditure£000
Staff costs6,456
Depreciation1,374
Notional charges1,242
Programme costs
Consultancies633
Telecommunications175
Works maintenance7,574
Grounds maintenance6,495
Nursery1,020
Trees312
Training63
Vehicle hire236
Cleaning contracts922
Entertainments124
Utilities563
Service contracts702
Police service5,041
Other1,223
Total34,155


 
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All of the agency's expenditure is regarded as identifiable" for country and regional public expenditure statistical analyses.


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