Keeping the flame alive: the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy - Select Committee on Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Contents


The House of Lords has established a Select Committee to consider "the strategic issues for regeneration and sporting legacy from the Olympic and Paralympic Games."

The Committee will explore the following key issues in detail and would welcome your views on any of the following questions. You are not required to address all of the questions listed here; answers to questions may be submitted separately and answers may also cut across several different questions. Please note that questions are not listed here in any particular order of importance.

A. Sporting Legacy

General public participation

(1)  Is it likely that London 2012 will lead to increased levels of sports participation amongst the general public?

(2)  Are some demographic groups (age, disability, ethnicity, gender) participating more than others? How has the level of sporting engagement with, or participation by, previously under-represented groups or those subject to social exclusion been affected by the Games?

(3)  Is any increase in participation likely to be sustained in the long-term?

(4)  Are current initiatives and policies seeking to increase sporting participation being delivered in an appropriate and effective way? Can they be improved?

(5)  Is the funding allocated to delivering a sporting legacy being distributed and targeted in a way which is likely to maximise long-term positive impacts?

(6)  How effective are the relationships between the different organisations involved in delivering a sports participation legacy? Are those charged with delivering increased sporting participation working well together?

(7)  How do the sports policy objectives and spending plans from before the 2012 Games compare to those in place following the hosting of the Games?

Paralympic sports participation

(8)  What is the likely long-term legacy of Paralympic hosting, and Team GB success, on levels of sports participation by disabled people?

(9)  Are appropriate resources and plans in place to maximize the legacy of London 2012 for Paralympic sport?

(10)  To what extent did London 2012 change attitudes to the Paralympics and to disability sport? What are the long-term benefits of any such change in attitudes and approach?

(11)  Is London 2012 likely to result in increased sponsorship and media profile for disability sport in the long term?

(12)  Has there been any acceptance that the provision of spectator accommodation at major sporting venues should be more accessible for disabled people?

Education and school sport

(13)  Is there a legacy from London 2012 for school sport? What has been the impact of 2012 Games on the School Games initiative? How will this programme deliver long-term benefits to school sport?

(14)  Will the Youth Sport Strategy encourage a greater number of young people to take up sport? What arrangements are in place to implement the strategy and are they appropriate?

(15)  Is the current proportionate division of financial resources between primary and secondary schools for school sports appropriate or should it be modified?

(16)  Which measures have proven most effective in improving access to sport across the school system in general, and with regard to high performance sport in particular?

(17)  Is the infrastructure to promote competitive sports between schools adequate?

High Performance Sports: both Olympic and non-Olympic

(18)  To what extent will London 2012 help to improve the long-term level of high performance UK sport?

(19)  What were the reasons for the successful UK performances of Beijing 2008 and London 2012 and how can they be sustained in the long-term?

(20)  How important is financial support in delivering improved performance? Are the current mechanisms for delivering financial support appropriate and effective? Are current levels of support affordable in the long-term?

(21)  Did London 2012 result in 'winners and losers' amongst different UK sports? Are any sports likely to see a negative impact, at the elite level, from London 2012? Do some of the UK sports which underperformed at London 2012 need strategic investment?

(22)  What lessons have been learned in relation to Paralympic sporting success, for example in terms of talent identification and the management of elite teams?

(23)  Will there continue to be Team GB association football teams at future Games?

Sports facilities legacy / future UK hosting

(24)  To what extent are the legacy uses anticipated for the Olympic sports venues sustainable? Will the legacy uses deliver a positive return on investment?

(25)  Are the legacy uses for Olympic sports venues likely to have an impact (positive or negative) on other London or UK sports venues?

(26)  What is your assessment of the proposed future use of the Olympic Stadium as the home ground of West Ham United FC?

(27)  Will London 2012 lead to UK success in securing further international sporting competitions?

B. Regeneration Legacy

Olympic Park Legacy

(28)  Are current plans for the ongoing development of the Olympic Park area likely to deliver a positive regeneration legacy? Is the potential legacy impact of hosting the Olympics being fully maximised, or have some opportunities been missed?

(29)  How much additional long-term employment will be generated by the regeneration of the Olympic Park area? How successful have schemes intended to secure additional employment opportunities for local residents been?

(30)  How is the Olympic Park being marketed to investors? What efforts are being made to secure further private investment into development of the site and surrounding area?

(31)  Are the new housing neighbourhoods anticipated for the Olympic Park deliverable in the current financial climate? What proportion is likely to be accessible and affordable for local residents? Does the planned housing development represent the most effective approach to housing delivery on this site?

(32)  To what extent is the combination of different uses anticipated for the Olympic Park sustainable in the long-term? Will the Olympic Park be a blueprint for sustainable living?

Supporting infrastructure legacy

(33)  What is the likely long-term impact of the major transport investment made in Stratford and the surrounding area? Are economic development initiatives and legacy plans for the area making best use of this investment?

(34)  Are there (potential) legacy impacts from other elements of the supporting infrastructure investment made for the Games? What is the strength of other infrastructure legacies such as security, telecommunications, public transport co-ordination or water re-use? Are potential benefits from these, and similar, investments being maximised?

Host Borough legacy

(35)  Is the aim of 'convergence' for the Host Boroughs appropriate and achievable? Are the necessary mechanisms and resources in place; and to what extent are key partners working towards meeting this aim?

(36)  Will the Olympic Park and supporting infrastructure legacies be a sufficient catalyst to achieve convergence for the Host Boroughs?

(37)  Will housing and employment development on the Olympic Park be fully integrated with the wider surrounding area? How well does the development planning work of the London Legacy Development Corporation cohere with that of the Host Boroughs?

(38)  What potential impact will development on the Park have on local people and businesses?

UK legacy outside London

(39)  Will the 2012 Games deliver any economic or regeneration legacy for the rest of the UK, outside London?

(40)  Are there likely to be positive impacts for tourism, outside London, as a result of the Games? Are post-2012 efforts to promote tourism in the UK being delivered effectively and appropriately?

(41)  Will business opportunities or business investment result from having hosted the games, and will this be of benefit to the rest of the UK, beyond London?

(42)  Do examples already exist of economic benefits, investments or business successes, outside London, which result, wholly or partly, from hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games?

Related regeneration issues

(43)  What is the legacy of the cultural Olympiad? How does this relate to economic development, tourism and regeneration?

(44)  What has been the legacy of the 'Games Makers' initiative? Have efforts been made to sustain the interest in volunteering and, if so, are they proving successful? Could anything further be done?

C. The International Legacy

Trade and industry

(45)  How effectively are UKTI and others utilizing the success of London 2012 to promote British business overseas?

(46)  Has the largely successful delivery of the games resulted in any recognised changes to the perception of UK business capabilities or capacity for delivery?

International development and diplomacy

(47)  How effectively are partners working to deliver the International Inspiration programme? Can the initiative be sustained beyond 2014?

(48)  How effective was the public diplomacy work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in promoting the UK before and during the Games?

(49)  What is the legacy of the London 2012 United Nations Olympic truce declaration 'Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal'?

(50)  How are the specific pledges made at the Downing Street 'Hunger Summit' going to be met by the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro?

D. Further Strategic Issues


(51)  How effective are the governance arrangements for overall delivery of an Olympic and Paralympic Legacy?

(52)  How effective are relationships between the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Unit, DCMS, the London Legacy Development Corporation, British Olympic Association, British Paralympic Association and the Mayor of London?

(53)  How are the views and needs of the Host Boroughs, and of landowners in and around the Olympic Park, incorporated into the decision making process?

Adaptability, finances and national impacts

(54)  How resilient are current legacy plans to further economic shocks, or to a changing political context? How have changed economic circumstances since 2008 impacted upon legacy plans?

(55)  To what extent should public finances continue to support the delivery of a legacy? Is further substantial public investment still required? Where should future financial support come from?

(56)  What are the potential benefits beyond East London? What is the return on investment for London and the UK as a whole?

Future Olympic and Paralympic Games

(57)  What messages should host cities for future Olympic and Paralympic Games be taking away from London 2012, particularly when looking to plan for legacy?

(58)  To what extent should planning for, and legacy outcomes from, the Olympic and Paralympic Games be considered together? What were the principal factors behind the success of the 2012 Paralympic Games?

(59)  What were the costs and benefits of the approach adopted to joint organization of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London; and what are the implications for the future organisation of both Games?

(60)  Should London 2012 affect the way the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee operate individually and work together in future?

The deadline for written evidence is 31 July 2013.

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