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Wednesday, 18 May 2005

London Olympics Bill

It is reported that a London Olympics Bill will be introduced to Parliament as soon as possible, if London is selected to host the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Her Majesty The Queen included the Bill in her annual address outlining the Government's legislative programme to the State Opening of Parliament.

The Bill would set up the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), grant the Mayor of London specific powers relating to the preparation and staging of the Games and provide legal protection to Olympic logos and symbols.

London 2012 Chairman Sebastian Coe welcomed the news:

"This demonstrates the absolute commitment of Tony Blair and his Government to bringing the Games to London in 2012...It shows how advanced our plans are and work could begin immediately if the International Olympic Committee (IOC) awards the Games to London on 6 July."

Culture Media and Sport Secretary Tessa Jowell, who is the Cabinet Minister with responsibility for London 2012, said:

"We will be hitting the ground running if the IOC awards the Games to London in 50 days time...The London Olympics Bill, which will be introduced at the earliest possible opportunity if we win the bid, is further evidence of our ability to deliver an outstanding Games."

Tory Sports spokesman Hugh Robertson added:

"We welcome the announcement of the London Olympics Bill. It shows how far advanced planning is for the 2012 Games...We agree with the Bill's principles and will work to ensure London has the best possible legislative framework to deliver a memorable Games if London is successful in the IOC vote 50 days from today."

And Liberal Democrat Don Foster said:

"All major political parties have shown their support for London's bid to host the 2012 Games...Now the Liberal Democrats are resolute that, if successful, the UK will take every opportunity to deliver a Games worthy of enriching the Olympic Movement."

That's the trouble with politicians, they are always very keen on spending other people's money.

Ask the Greeks if the $14BN wasted on the 2004 Games was worth it.

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