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Mr. Walker: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what steps the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games is taking to ensure that residents of Hertfordshire benefit from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; and if she will make a statement. 
Tessa Jowell: The Broxbourne white water canoe centre (BWWCC) will provide benefits for the residents of Hertfordshire before, during and after the games. It will be open to the public before the London 2012 games.
Events were held on 3 July to mark the beginning of construction work at the BWWCC site. As part of these events, 550 local residents attended and took the opportunity to find out more about the construction of the BWWCC and its lasting legacy for Hertfordshire as a world-class white water canoeing and rafting centre that will be open to the public after the games.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the Government Olympic Executive (GOE) work with representatives of the East of England through their joint Nations and Regions Group (NRG) to ensure that the region, and more broadly the whole of the UK, benefits from the opportunities the games provide. Across the East of England, nearly 600 schools and colleges are involved in LOCOG's domestic education programme, Get Set, while 66 LOCOG-approved facilities have been included in the official London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp Guide. 13 community projects are now using the Inspire Mark, LOCOG's non-commercial brand. At last year's handover celebrations, 49 events were held across the region and 60 special '2012 handover' flags were raised.
The county has 17 pre-games training camps for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games and links are being built with national Olympic committees to attract teams to these venues. Hertfordshire also has over 2,000 businesses registered with the London 2012 business network and six contracts awarded through CompeteFor, the free brokerage service between buyers throughout the London 2012 supply chain. Hertfordshire also has a number of events planned for the forthcoming London 2012 Open Weekend to be held on 24-26 July including the Junk Percussion workshops being held in and around the Broxbourne area.
Adam Afriyie: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what steps she has taken to assist small and medium-sized enterprises in the digital and information technology industries to provide services for the London 2012 Olympics; and what online services relating to the games will be available to the public while they are in progress. 
Tessa Jowell: CompeteFor was designed to open up supply chain opportunities to businesses, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, across the UK in many sectors, including those working in digital and information technology. As well as opening up contract opportunities, CompeteFor sign posts businesses to support services, helping them get fitter to compete for games-related, and other, contracts. At games time, the London Organising Committee will provide comprehensive coverage online, including with new media technologies, enabling everyone to access, share and participate in the games.
Lancashire is already benefiting from the London 2012 Games. 19 businesses in the county have won Games-related contracts and 115 Lancashire
schools have registered for 'Get Set' the official 2012 education programme, enabling them to use a range of Games-related materials.
Lancashire is also heavily involved in the region's cultural legacy programme WE PLAY. For example, Abandon Normal Devices is a festival of new cinema and digital culture and is a new regional partnership between Film, Art and Creative Technology (FACT) (Liverpool), Comerhouse (Manchester) and Folly (Lancashire) and is partly funded by Legacy Trust UK. Another example is New Cultural Journeys which is a major youth culture and sport programme for the Fylde Coast and Lancashire.
Lancashire, and the Northwest region as a whole, is playing an active part in maximising the benefits of the London 2012 Games. A key part of the region's plans are to ensure that all parts of the NW benefit and as such each sub region is represented on the NW Steering Group for the 2012 Games. This group feeds directly in to the Nations and Regions Group which is the joint Government Olympic Executive and London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games initiative aimed at deriving the maximum benefit from the Games for the whole of the UK.
James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many official visits have been undertaken by the Government's Crime and Justice Adviser in the last six months; when each such visit was undertaken; what the (a) purpose and (b) cost was of each such visit; and in which constituency each such visit was undertaken. 
Mr. Alan Campbell [holding answer 21 July 2009]: The Government's Crime and Justice adviser has undertaken 12 official visits in the last six months as part of the work to ensure that crime is tackled and justice delivered more visibly and in response to community priorities
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Speech and visit to Community Payback project-to raise levels of involvement by local people in work to tackle crime and to ensure local services are responsive to local people's needs on crime and justice
|(1) Costs include local transportation as necessary for Louise/members of local staff/local residents and hotels, meals, rail fares and taxi transfers.|
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