4 The Legacy |
11. In our March report we identified two particular
areas of concern relating to the legacy from the Games. One concern
was that although ministers had not adopted the previous Government's
target of achieving one million more participants in sport by
2013, only 109,000 new people were regularly participating in
sport despite £450 million spent, and that this represents
poor value for money. In June 2012 Sport England announced that
number of people playing sport three times a week increased by
350,000 between October 2011 and April 2012, still well short
of the original target.
12. The Government's response to our report was
that no Host City had been able to increase participation on the
back of an Olympic Games, which calls into question the basis
on which the original clear commitment was made.
We note, however, that there is to be a stricter payment by results
regime for any further spending on sports participation.
13. We have the wider concern that it is not
clear who will be accountable to Parliament for the delivery and
co-ordination of the promised Olympic legacy after the Games.
On being pressed for clarification the Department has now told
us that where legacy is the responsibility of a government department
the respective accounting officer will be accountable to Parliament
in the normal way. In addition, where legacy is a matter for
the Greater London Authority, as in the case of the work of the
London Legacy Development Corporation (which has taken over the
functions of the Olympic Park Legacy Company), the Mayor will
be accountable to the London Assembly.
14. We also note that, the Department for Communities
and Local Government's settlement letter for the Greater London
Authority includes a 'statement of expectations' about Authority's
capacity and strategic outcomes which covers the transfer of assets
to London Legacy Development Corporation. We understand that the
Department for Communities and Local Government is also developing
a system accountability statement for the Greater London Authority
to accompany the settlement letter.
15. In addition, the Accounting Officer for the
Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the lead Department for
the Games, has told the Committee that he will continue to answer
to the Committee for the Olympics programme as a whole. We welcome
2 Sport England press release, Surge in sports participation
as London 2012 Games draw near, June 22 2012 Back
Treasury Minute on the Seventy-Fourth Report from the Committee
of Public Accounts: Session 2010-12, CM 8347, April 2012 Back