Olympic Games 2012: Security

Home Department written question – answered on 15th May 2009.

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Photo of Patrick Mercer Patrick Mercer Conservative, Newark

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) what budget has been allocated for security technology for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; and whether this allocation is drawn from the Olympic security budget;

(2) which companies will provide security technology for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games;

(3) whether any technological security systems are being created for the purpose of security for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Crime & Security)

The Home Office is committed to the delivery of a safe and secure 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Work is continuing to finalise the plans for the provision for policing and wider security within the overall funding envelope of £600 million. This funding is separate from the ODA budget for security and the provision that LOCOG has set aside for in-venue security.

Our strategy for 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is to ensure that security technology is proven, reliable and effective. This means that we do not currently envisage developing new technology specifically for the Games. Any decisions regarding the use of technology will need to take account of the operational needs of the police and other security agencies; affordability within the total funding envelope; and the need to secure value for money. These factors will inform decision-making regarding the appointment of security technology companies.

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