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12 Mar 2012
MPs concern over Olympic security bill

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has raised concerns over "significant increases" in security costs relating to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In a report examining preparations for the event, the committee of MPs praised the building programme but said the £9.3bn public sector funding package had nearly all been spent.

Among the issues to have "particularly concerned" the committee was the spiralling cost of security, with Olympic organisers needing twice the number of security guards planned for.

Committee chair Margaret Hodge said the full cost of the Games and legacy projects to the taxpayer is nearing £11bn and called for a "single auditable account" covering total costs.

Hodge said: "Taking into account costs outside the package, the full cost to the public of the Games and legacy projects is already heading for around £11bn.

"What we need within six months of the end of the Olympics is a single auditable account covering the total costs to the public of the Games and their legacy."


Image: David Poultney/LOCOG

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30 Sep 2014
Bottoms up: Heatherwick’s Bombay Sapphire Distillery ready to go
One of Britain's best-loved gins - Bombay Sapphire - is set to open up its new home, a distillery and visitor centre in Laverstock, Hampshire.
30 Sep 2014
LIW 2014 kicks off in Birmingham
The 26th annual Leisure Industry Week (LIW) begins this morning (30 September) at Birmingham’s NEC, with more than 200 exhibitors and 7,500 visitors expected at the three-day event.
25 Sep 2014
EAS 2014 draws to a close in Amsterdam
The Euro Attractions Show (EAS) held at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre in Amsterdam, Netherlands, draws to a close today (25 September) after a three-day run.
09 Sep 2014
HOK-Arup Consortium to design Dubai Expo 2020
Nearly a year ago the UAE won the right to host the World Expo in Dubai in 2020, and now the master planners behind the original bid have been selected to design the host venue at the 438 acre (1.77sq km, 0.68sq m) Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali.
04 Sep 2014
Brazil’s economy slips into recession in World Cup year
This year’s FIFA World Cup has not had the desired effect on host nation Brazil’s fortunes on or off the pitch.
03 Sep 2014
Visitor Attraction Expo to launch alongside EAG International 2015
London’s EAG International 2015 has confirmed that next year’s edition will be twinned with a new Visitor Attraction Expo.
27 Aug 2014
Equipment from Glasgow 2014 distributed to boost grassroots sport
More than £600,000 worth of sports equipment used at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be distributed across Scotland as part of legacy plans to help the country’s grassroots sport.
20 Aug 2014
What to expect at next month's Global Spa and Wellness Summit in Marrakech
The eighth Global Spa and Wellness Summit (GSWS) is fast approaching – due to take place from 10-12 September at the Four Seasons Resort Marrakech, Morocco – bringing together the leaders and innovators of the spa industry to help guide and shape the future of wellness in years to come.
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Diary dates
30 Sep - 01 Oct 2014
Radisson Blu Resort & Spa
30 Sep - 02 Oct 2014
Leisure Industry Week (LIW)
United Kingdom
01-02 Oct 2014
eCommerce Expo
Olympia Exhibition Centre
United Kingdom
01-04 Oct 2014
Termatalia Argentina
Termas de Río Hondo
02-03 Oct 2014
SATE – TEA Conference
Savannah College of Art & Design
United States
03 Oct 2014
Eleventh Annual LAGA Golf Day
Bushey Hall Golf Club
United Kingdom
04-05 Oct 2014
United Kingdom
06-10 Oct 2014
TED Global 2014
Rio de Janeiro
09 Oct 2014
VAC 2014 (The Annual National Conference of Visitor Attractions)
QEII Conference Centre
United Kingdom
09-10 Oct 2014
Museums Association Conference & Exhibition 2014
Wales Millennium Centre
United Kingdom
11 Oct 2014
Open Day at Bucks New University
Bucks New University
High Wycombe
United Kingdom
13-14 Oct 2014
Luxury Hospitality Conference
Hotel Grande Bretagne
13-15 Oct 2014
ISPA Conference and Expo 2014
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
Las Vegas
United States
14-15 Oct 2014
EHFA 5th International Standards Meeting
HealthCity Amstelveen
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