To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidelines they will provide for event stewards ahead of the London 2012 Olympics.
Baroness Garden of Frognal: The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is responsible for delivering the venue safety and security responsibilities of an event organiser, in accordance with current UK legislation and the Department for Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) “Green Guide”-the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds. For events not organised by LOCOG, all local authorities are required to follow guidelines on event stewarding as set out in the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) “Purple Guide” for event safety.
The Home Office, DCMS, HSE and local licensing authorities are working closely to ensure that event organisers are complying with the relevant legislation set for planning and delivering public events related to London 2012.
LOCOG is responsible for the volunteering programme for the Games, including stewarding roles. LOCOG is recruiting up to 70,000 “Games Makers”, each of whom will attend at least three days of training, including learning about the details of their role and seeing their Games-time venue.
LOCOG, the Home Office and education providers have also launched Bridging the Gap, an initiative to provide skilled security personnel for the London 2012 Games by training young people in stewarding, event management and security guarding with a recognised qualification and opportunities to work within the Games.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving to the leisure security industry to ensure that stewards are trained ahead of the London 2012 Olympics.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Neville-Jones): The Home Office has supported the provision of trained stewards for the London 2012 Games through “Bridging the Gap”: an initiative to train young people in stewarding, event management and security guarding with a recognised qualification and opportunities to work within the Games. The initiative has been funded jointly by the Home Office, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), working alongside the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and further education establishments.
LOCOG’s planned Games-time workforce includes up to 100,000 short-term opportunities from third-party contractors, including in the field of security. LOCOG will ensure that contractors’ staff are appropriately trained and have the necessary skills.
Lord Sheikh asked Her Majesty’s Government:
In view of the comments made by the Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police at the annual conference of the Association of Chief Police Officers, what assessment they have made of the adequacy of the Olympic security preparations; and whether they have proposals for legislation on this subject.
Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, the Government are committed to supporting the police and other agencies in providing a safe and secure Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. The Home Secretary has appointed an experienced assistant commissioner to co-ordinate the development of the security arrangements for the Games. Planning and preparations are proceeding. Plans will change and develop over time in response to changes in the security situation. At present, there are no plans for an Act of Parliament specifically on Olympic security.
Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for that response. Has a decision yet been made on the budget figure for the security provision? Will he confirm that the organisation that takes responsibility for overall security provision will have total control of, and accountability for, the budget?
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Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, Tessa Jowell announced on 15 March that the overall budget for the Olympics includes an allocation of some £600 million for wider security issues. The current allocation is subject to continuing oversight and scrutiny in the light of developing security assessments made by the Government and the Olympic Security Directorate.