HC Deb 27 November 2003 vol 415 cc424-5W
Mr. Gardiner

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that Ministers representing the United Kingdom abroad are adequately briefed on the London 2012 Olympic bid.[140507]

Mr. Rammell

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to him by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on 3 December 2003,Official Report, column 64—64W. As she has made clear, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have in place arrangements for overseas missions to alert our Public Diplomacy Policy Department to relevant visits by Ministers so that appropriate briefing on the London 2012 bid can be provided.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office are represented on the working group of officials set up to provide advice to London 2012 on the Government interests in the bid and to Ministers on matters relating to the bid, which the Secretary of State also mentioned in her answer.

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