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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."

Details: www.parliament.uk

Image: David Poultney/LOCOG


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25 Feb 2015
Magatte Wade appointed to Global Wellness Summit board and will lead African initiative
Magatte Wade, a prominent Senegalese entrepreneur and founder of Tiossan – a high-end skincare line using indigenous Senegalese recipes – has been appointed to the Global Wellness Summit’s (GWS) board of directors.
25 Feb 2015
Total eclipse expected to bring tourism boost to north of Scotland
The north of Scotland is preparing for a major tourism boon, in the form of a once-in-a- lifetime solar eclipse expected to attract legions of stargazers next month.
24 Feb 2015
Tom Kerridge stars at inaugural PUB15 trade show
Man-of-the-moment Tom Kerridge was the headline speaker at the first ever PUB15 trade show, which drew large crowds at Olympia London last week.
24 Feb 2015
Qatar World Cup to be held in November/December
The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will take place in November and December – despite fierce opposition to the timing from major European football leagues.
18 Feb 2015
Le Tour legacy: £800,000 investment for cycling in Yorkshire
The government will invest £800,000 in improving cycling facilities in Yorkshire and promoting this year’s Tour de Yorkshire.
17 Feb 2015
CIDESCO's 63rd annual congress set for South Africa
CIDESCO will host its 63rd World Congress and Exhibition in Johannesburg, South Africa, from the 20-25 May this year under the theme “Skin is Alive”. The event will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre.
13 Feb 2015
Qatar to host stadium construction expo in June
Qatar will host the first ever International Stadium Construction Expo (QISC) this June.
12 Feb 2015
Edmonton withdraws from 2022 Commonwealth Games bidding
Canadian city Edmonton has withdrawn its bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, leaving Durban in South Africa as the only remaining bidder.
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