Olympic Games 2012

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 7th February 2012.

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Photo of Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Labour, Brent North

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport on what date his Department was first made aware of Dow Chemicals' interest in sponsoring the stadium wrap for the London 2012 Olympics.

Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport and the Olympics)

Contracting for services and supply of goods to the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) is a matter for LOCOG, a private company operating independent of Government. On 7 February 2011, LOCOG publicly sought expressions of interest from the private sector to supply the wrap, published on the CompeteFor London 2012 business opportunities website, with a deadline of 18 February 2011.

Following this procurement process, LOCOG informed us they were in the final stages of contract negotiation with Dow Chemicals, on 25 May 2011. The conclusion of these discussions between LOCOG and their suppliers was announced on 4 August 2011, publically naming Dow as the Olympic Wrap supplier.

The stadium wrap had been removed from the Public Sector Funding Package for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as part of the 2010 spending review.

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