Select Committee Announcement

Committee announces new inquiry

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee issues a call for evidence on Olympics Legacy

As part of the Committee’s on-going scrutiny of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Committee is today announcing an inquiry into the preparations for securing a lasting legacy from the 2012 Games. A commitment of a lasting legacy of social, physical and economic regeneration was at the heart of London’s bid for the Games and the design of the Olympic Park and the Olympic venues. The Committee seeks views on:

  • Whether the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will deliver a lasting legacy of social, physical and economic regeneration;
  • Ways of maximising the value of the Olympic legacy both within the host boroughs, London and across the UK;
  • The use and management of the Olympic Park and venues after 2012;
  • Progress towards meeting targets to increase grass roots participation in sport;
  • The aim of leaving a lasting legacy that improves cultural life; and
  • How success in delivering lasting legacy can be measured.

The Committee will also examine other areas of interest that are raised during the course of its inquiry.

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to and have ‘Olympics Legacy’ in the subject line. Submissions should be received by Monday 11 January 2010.

Guidance on submitting written evidence

It assists the Committee if those submitting written evidence adhere to the following guidelines:

Each submission should:

  • state clearly who the submission is from, ie whether from yourself in a personal capacity (eg Submission from Miss Dee Lee) or sent on behalf of an organisation (eg Submission from Insert Name Ltd)
  • be about 3,000 words in length / run to no more than six sides of A4 paper;
  • as far as possible comprise a single document attachment to the email;
  • begin with a short summary in bullet point form;
  • have numbered paragraphs; and
  • be in Word or Rich Text format (not PDF) with as little use of colour or logos as possible.

Please supply a postal address so a copy of the Committee’s report can be sent to you upon publication.

It would be helpful, for Data Protection purposes, if individuals submitting written evidence would send their contact details separately in a covering email in a block of text laid out vertically (not horizontally). See example below:

Miss Dee Lee
Westminster House
7 Millbank
London SW00 0XX
Tel: 0000 000 0000 / Mob: 00000 000000

You should also be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Though there is a strong preference for emailed submissions, those without access to a computer should send a hard copy to:

Committee Assistant
Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Committee Office
House of Commons
7 Millbank
London SW1P 3JA

A guide for written submissions to Select Committees may be found on the parliamentary website at:

Please also note that:

  • Committees make public much of the evidence they receive during inquiries. If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so. If you wish to include private or confidential information in your submission to the Committee, please contact the Clerk of the Committee to discuss this.
  • Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed submission, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included.
  • Evidence submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless publication by the person or organisation submitting it is specifically authorised.
  • Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the Internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.
  • Committees do not normally investigate individual cases of complaint or allegations of maladministration.
  • Once submitted, no public use should be made of any submission prepared specifically for the Committee unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee.

For up-to-date information on progress of the inquiry visit: