Olympic Games 2012

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Ben Gummer Ben Gummer Conservative, Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if she will make it her policy that all businesses which contributed to the London 2012 Olympic Games receive the full commercial benefits of their involvement, notwithstanding no marketing rights clauses remaining in force.

Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Suppliers to London 2012 have been paid the full commercial rate for their goods and services, with over £7.5 billion of Games-related contracts being awarded to UK companies. The responsibility to enforce the current marketing restrictions and protect the rights of Games Sponsors within the UK, transfers from the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) to the British Olympic Association (BOA) and British Paralympic Association, in January 2013. The BOA is continuing to work with the International Olympic Committee to develop a framework that allows suppliers to promote the work they undertook, balanced with the ability for sponsors to protect their rights of association with the Games. I will continue to monitor this to ensure British businesses can benefit as much as possible from their involvement in the Games.

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