Memorandum submitted by DCMS
Winning the right to host the Olympic and Paralympic
Games in London in 2012 is a great honour. London's victory on
6 July was a fantastic achievement and testament to the hard work,
skill and professionalism of all of those involved in the bid.
The highest public support, as well as the cross party backing,
for Lord Coe and his team, was absolutely crucial in convincing
the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that the UK would stage
a spectacular and memorable Games.
Hosting the Games also represents a unique opportunity
for London and the UK as a whole. We are determined to maximise
the potential environmental, social and economic benefits that
hosting the Games affords.
Realising our vision for the Olympic and Paralympic
Games in London in 2012 is a significant challenge. As the IOC
said in their evaluation of London's bid in June, "the magnitude
of the project . . . requires careful planning to ensure all facilities
and rehabilitation projects are completed on time." We are
not underestimating the scale of the task, and that is why we
have been so quick to get on with the job of delivering for 2012.
Friday 14 October marked 100 days from the IOC's
momentous announcement. During our first 100 days as a host city
we have achieved a huge amount. We have already:
introduced crucial Olympic specific
started work on the Olympic Park;
begun work to realise a lasting and
sustainable legacy from the Games;
launched new Olympic Lottery Gameswhich
are already generating funding for the Games;
established the key bodies that will
prepare for and run the Games in 2012; and
begun the process of recruiting people
for the top jobs in each of these organisations.
The IOC have been impressed with what they've
seen so far. Dennis Oswald, who was recently appointed as Chair
of the IOC's Coordination Commission, said of our preparations,
"London already has a clear idea of the steps that need to
be taken to turn its ambitious plans into reality. Such thoroughness
is commendable and was one of the strengths of London's candidature."
And Dick Ebersol, Head of NBC Sports, who is an experienced Olympic
observer, also commented, "From seven years out, it's definitely
ahead of the last three Games at this point."
The Olympic Board will provide oversight and
strategic coordination of the total Olympic project. It is made
up of the DCMS Secretary of State, the Mayor of London, Chair
of the British Olympic Association and the Chair of LOCOG. The
Board had its first meeting on 28 July and is already well into
its stride having now had three full meetings.
London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games
The London Organising Committee for the Olympic
Games (LOCOG) will have primary responsibility for staging the
Games and will act as the client on behalf of the IOC. The LOCOG
will be mostly self financed through sponsorship and revenues
from IOC broadcasting and sponsorship deals. The LOCOG has now
had its first board meeting and key appointments have already
been madeLord Coe as Chairman and Keith Mills as Deputy
Chairman. An advert has been placed and an executive search is
underway for the LOCOG Chief Executive.
Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA)
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) will be
established by the London Olympics Bill which is currently before
Parliament. The ODA will be an Executive NDPB of the DCMS, which
will be responsible for co-ordinating the public sector obligations
for staging the Games including delivering the venues and infrastructure
for 2012. We have already begun the process of recruiting the
Chair and Chief Executive for the ODA and expect to be able to
make appointments by the end of November. The Chair and Chief
Executive will then be able to oversee the appointments of other
key members of the ODA top team and develop a business plan to
ensure the ODA is able to hit the ground running upon Royal Assent
of the Bill.
The London Development Agency and Transport
for London are undertaking critical work that cannot wait for
the ODA to be established. We have appointed a Director of Transitional
Delivery to oversee these crucial initial projects.
Olympic Lottery Distributor (OLD)
A large proportion of the funding package for
the London Games will come from money generated by the National
Lottery. The first Olympic Lottery Game, the "Go for Gold"
scratch cards, went on sale on 27 July and over £3.3 million
has already been generated for the Olympic Lottery Distribution
Fund. We have established the Olympic Lottery Distributor (OLD)
with the first meeting of the OLD's Interim Board taking place
on 28 September. The interviews for the Chair and other members
of the permanent board will take place later this month.
The London Olympics Bill was introduced to Parliament
on 15 July, received second reading on 21 July and began consideration
in Commons committee on 13 October. We are keen to get this legislation
passed as soon as possible so we can establish the Olympic Delivery
Authority and they can get on with the job of delivering the venues
and infrastructure needed for 2012. The Bill also ensures we meet
the commitments given to the IOC in London's bid about how the
Games, and the Olympic environment, will be managedparticularly
in relation to advertising and marketing. The Bill includes provisions
to control advertising and street trading in the vicinity of Olympic
venues and makes touting Olympic tickets a criminal offence. The
Bill also provides greater protection for Olympic and Paralympic
intellectual property in an attempt to protect the Games from
We have agreed within Government a means of
financing the essential immediate work in the Lower Lea Valley.
This financing agreement allows the LDA to let crucial contracts
over the coming months.
We have already selected the supplier for the
first contract to place underground the overhead power lines that
currently run across the Olympic Park and Village sites. This
is a critical project as much of the remediation and construction
activity on the Olympic Park and Village depends on the power
lines having been successfully placed underground.
The next steps on some of the practicalities
of delivering the Olympic Park are well underway and a number
of other major contracts will be let over the coming months:
Olympic Park Design Team;
Programme Management Team;
Demolition and Remediation Design
Demolition and Remediation Contractors.
The Olympics are not just about sport. Our proposals
for a cultural Olympiad to accompany the Gamesas set out
in Theme 17 of our Candidature Fileare a crucial part of
our plans. The cultural Olympiad is a four year cultural and educational
programme which will build community involvement and support for
the Games right across the UK. Our plans for the cultural Olympiad
are already well developed and focus on involving children and
young people in the build up to the Games. The centrepiece of
our plans is the Olympic Friendshipa full size ocean going
clipper, crewed by international sports people, artists, academics
and student, under the tutelage of professional sailorswhich
will travel the world for set periods over the four years to 2012
carrying a cargo emblematic of the UK's cultural riches. A virtual
vessel will also sail the internet designed to inspire imaginative
learning and development across all disciplines.
Hosting the Games in London in 2012 offers us
an opportunity to realise significant environmental, social and
economic benefits for the whole of the UK.
We are determined that the Olympic and Paralympic
Games in 2012 will be the UK's Games. Work is already underway
to establish the structures and strategies that will ensure we
maximise all the opportunities that hosting the Games affords.
At a high level we are in the process of establishing arrangements
for oversight of the legacy and benefits realisation agendaensuring
the full involvement of all our nations and regions.
But in practical terms work has already begun.
For instance we recently announced changes to the functions and
responsibilities for our key sporting bodies. This will ensure
we have a sporting landscape which is fit for purpose. These changes,
combined with the increased investment in our young athletes through
our Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme and our 2012 Scholarships
will help us to deliver more British competitors and medallists
than ever before in London in 2012.
On 15 November the Prime Minister is calling
together key figures from the tourism industry to discuss how
the UK can capitalise on the opportunities that hosting the Games
affords. Plans are already well developed and this high level
meeting will provide momentum to implementing those plans in both
the immediate and longer term.
We recently announced our intention to hold
a special "summit" to spell out how UK businesses can
benefit from the Games coming to London in 2012. This business
summit will bring together 250 companies, industry bodies and
key trade unions to find out how the economic benefits from hosting
the Games can be maximised.