Visits Abroad: Olympic Games

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Don Foster Don Foster Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many members of staff from each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies are planning to attend the Winter Olympics in Vancouver; and at what cost for each such body.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport)

To provide the information requested from all of our non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) would incur disproportionate cost. We have, however, been advised by the following NDPBs that they are planning to send staff to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver at the following costs:

Public body Number of staff members Cost for each body (£)
UK Sport 3 21,824.84
UK Anti Doping in Sport 2 (1)-
VisitBritain 3 (2)7,500.00
Olympic Delivery Authority 2 7,726.90
Arts Council England 1 735.00
(1)All costs covered by the World Anti Doping Agency. (2 )Estimated.

UK Sport has advised that three members of its organisation will be attending the Winter Olympics in Vancouver at a cost of £21,824.84.

UK Anti Doping (UKAD) has advised that it will be sending two representatives; one as part of the World Anti Doping Agency's (WADA) Independent Observer programme, and one as part of WADA's Athlete Outreach programme. All costs for UKAD will be covered by WADA.

The Olympic Delivery Authority has advised that two members of staff are on the observer programme for the Games in Vancouver. The cost for accommodation and travel comes to £7,726.90.

VisitBritain advises that three members of staff will be attending Vancouver as part of observer programme at an estimated cost of £2,500 per person.

Arts Council England (ACE) has advised that it is sending one member of staff to Vancouver at a cost of £735.00 for the flight. The staff member will also be representing other bodies at the Games. These bodies will cover the remaining costs of the trip.

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