Has a generation been inspired?

04 June 2013


The House of Lords has formed a new Select Committee to consider the progress made in delivering a legacy from the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Committee will be examining a number of different aspects including:

  • Sporting Legacy, including school sport, sports facilities and paralympic sports participation;
  • Regeneration Legacy, including plans for the Olympic Park, legacy for the host boroughs and any economic benefits for the rest of the UK;
  • International Legacy, including how effectively UK Trade and Investment is building on the success of London 2012 and the legacy of the Olympic Truce; and
  • Further Strategic Issues, including governance arrangements for legacy, the  finances and resilience of any plans and what example London 2012 can provide for future Games.

Chairman of the Committee, Lord Harris of Haringey, said:

“The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games were widely acknowledged to have been the most successful Games in the modern era. From the spectacular Olympic opening ceremony to the celebration that was the closing event of the Paralympic Games, the eyes of the world were upon us and we showcased the UK at its very best.

“We were also the first host nation to have built legacy into the fabric of our bid to host the Olympic Games and now is the time to make good on our promises.  As the first anniversary of the Games fast approaches, this Committee will take stock of where we are on delivering the vision of legacy set out in our bid and examine the issues around it. We would encourage anyone who has an interest to send us their evidence and contribute to the debate.”

The Committee is kicking off its inquiry with an evidence session on Wednesday 5 June, when they will quiz:

  • Emma Boggis, Head of Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Unit, Cabinet Office;
  • David Brooker, Director of Sport, Department for Culture, Media and Sport; and
  • Neale Coleman, Mayor of London’s Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Advisor.

Questions the witnesses are likely to face include:

  • What are the Government’s current ambitions for legacy and how have they changed since 2005, when the bid was originally submitted?
  • What was the total amount of public money spent on hosting the Games and how much does the Government expect to receive back from the sale of assets within the Olympic Park?
  • Is there any evidence that previous Olympics have left a legacy of increased participation in sports and why should we expect London 2012 to be different?
  • What economic legacy will the Games deliver to the rest of the UK, outside of London, and what is the Government doing to maximise economic and business opportunities internationally?

The evidence session will take place on Wednesday 5 June at 11am in Committee Room 3.

The session will be webcast at www.parliamentlive.tv and is also open to the public. Journalists wishing to attend should go to Parliament’s Cromwell Green Entrance and should allow time for security screening.

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