HC Deb 19 November 2003 vol 413 c937W
Kate Hoey

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of the Olympic facilities in London announced in November will be permanently available for sports use. [139754]

Tessa Jowell

In line with guidance from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), London 2012 Ltd are working with Sport England and local government to ensure that the sporting legacy of the Olympics will be sustainable. This work is ongoing and an initial assessment will be sent to the IOC on 15 January as a part of the candidature acceptance procedure.

Mr. Sanders

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps will be taken to improve hotel and tourist facilities outside London in the event of a successful Olympic bid for 2012. [135844]

Tessa Jowell

For tourism, as with other sectors, it is important to realise the full range of opportunities that hosting the Olympics would offer and ensure that the whole country is in a position to capture these benefits fully if the Bid is successful. We have already briefed the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) on the Bid and the opportunities the Games would create and Visit Britain is looking further at the potential tourism benefits with the tourism industry. London 2012 will also be taking forward further work on the regional benefits in discussion with the RDAs.