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Tessa Jowell (Minister of State (the Olympics and London (Paymaster General)), Cabinet Office; Dulwich and West Norwood, Labour)

I have today launched the "Government Olympic Executive Legacy Action Plan—Before, During and After: Making the Most of the London 2012 Games".

The document fulfils the commitment to publish a legacy action plan, following the publication of "Our Promise for 2012" in June 2007. The five promises are:

to make the UK a world-leading sporting nation;

to transform the heart of East London;

to inspire a generation of young people;

to make the Olympic park a blueprint for sustainable living; and

to demonstrate that the UK is a creative, inclusive and welcoming place to live in, to visit and for business.

The plan outlines the ways in which the Government will deliver on these promises through new programmes and the unique added value of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to existing programmes. As such there is no discrete legacy budget; rather we are creating Olympic value by drawing together programmes from across Government.

Under each promise, the plan sets out between two and four headline ambitions and details the major programmes that will contribute towards achieving that aim.

A robust and transparent governance system has also been put in place to drive progress, and this will be monitored alongside the delivery of PSA 22—a successful Olympic Games and Paralympic Games with a sustainable legacy, with more children and young people taking part in high quality PE and sport.

This is the Government's first detailed statement on legacy, and it is the first time that a host city has published such a document before their olympiad has even begun. Further programmes will be created, and existing programmes and ideas developed over the next four years. We will report on progress regularly.

I would like to commend this plan to the Members of both Houses and thank them for their continued interest and support of the London 2012 Olympics.

Copies of the legacy action plan are available at www.culture.gov.uk and will be deposited in the Libraries of both Houses.

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