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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to her answer of the 4 March 2008, Official Report, column 2309W, on Olympic Games 2012: Essex, how many times the Nations and Regions Group has met since it was established. 
Tessa Jowell: The Nations and Regions Group first met in May 2004, before London was confirmed as the location for the 2012 games. Its role then was to bring substance to our bid commitment that we would spread the benefits from the 2012 games across the UK, and also to generate support within the UK for Londons bid. It met a total of four times before July 2005, when Londons success was confirmed.
Since July 2005, the group has continued to meet and has developed more formal operating and governance arrangements. It has met a further 12 times and will continue to meet quarterly. The groups purpose is to deliver against the bid commitment to maximise the levels of engagement and benefit across the UK from the 2012 games, which was a key component of our bid success.
Tessa Jowell: The Olympic Delivery Authority will appoint three main contractors to undertake the management of landscaping for the 2012 Olympic Parkthe North Park contract, the South Park contract and the Greenway contract. For off-park venues, the responsibility for landscaping will rest with the main contractor appointed to each venue. The ODA would then expect each main contractor to use subcontractors and suppliers to carry out the required works.
To help businesses access 2012-related contracts, the London 2012 Business Network was launched in January of this year. A key part of this is CompeteFor, an online brokerage service matches the profiles of suppliers and buyers, enabling businesses to directly compete for contracts, including landscaping contracts. I would encourage companies in your constituency to take advantage of this opportunity.
Norman Baker: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what steps the Olympic Delivery Authority is taking to ensure a satisfactory interchange between the international and domestic stations at Stratford; and what specific measures will be in place at the time of the commencement of new high-speed domestic services. 
Tessa Jowell: The passenger interchange between Stratford international and regional stations is a matter for London and Continental Railways (LCR) and the developers of zone 1 of the Stratford City site, Westfield. Their obligation around providing this interchange is laid down by a Transport and Works Act Order 2001 from the Secretary of State for Transport and section 106 obligations from the London borough of Newham.
The Olympic Delivery Authoritys independent planning committee will consider and determine the applications made by Westfield including any specific measures that are put in place for the commencement of the domestic services where those measures differ to the permanent interchange proposal.
It is expected currently that the high-speed domestic services to Stratford international will commence commercial operations in late 2009. The DLR extension between Stratford regional and Stratford international is programmed to commence services in mid-2010.
The Olympic Delivery Authority has also sought to facilitate better interchange between the stations by co-funding a new entrance to Stratford international at the eastern end of the station. This scheme is being funded with the Department for Transport and Union Railways North (a subsidiary of London and Continental Railways) and is due for completion in time for the commencement of high-speed domestic services.
Tessa Jowell: The Humanitarian Assistance Unit is working closely with regional and local resilience teams to ensure that their plans for future emergencies include the provision of humanitarian assistance. We have published guidance and research which reflects the lessons we have learnt from previous incidents and identifies good practice around the country.
The information is location specific. That is, the list includes only grants that are specific to locations in the constituency and excludes grants that might have gone to addresses in the constituencyto headquarters offices for examplebut are not otherwise related to it. The Department's lottery grants database is searchable at:
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