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Ministers pledge to deliver a lasting Games legacy

Culture Secretary Maria Miller congratulated all those involved in mounting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, during her first question session as Secretary of State.

During the session on 13 September 2012, Culture Minister Hugh Robertson also pledged to deliver a "tangible legacy" from the Games.

Mr Robertson opened the question session by congratulating Dame Tessa Jowell, the shadow Olympics minister, for her work in delivering the London 2012 Games.

Dame Tessa, who announced her resignation from the post on 10 September, said that the involvement of volunteers had ensured the Games "really did belong to the people of this country".

Mrs Miller defended the involvement of Atos as a major sponsor of the Paralympic Games, saying that such sponsorship was essential to mounting large sporting and cultural events. Labour MP Dame Anne Begg said that Atos's sponsorship of the athletes' equipment was insensitive.

SNP MP Pete Wishart criticised cuts to BBC services in Scotland in the run-up to the referendum on independence.

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey denied that the licence fee settlement endangered BBC services in Scotland, saying that the BBC had been given certainty on future funding.

Asked about the availability of broadband internet nationally and the new 4G mobile phone network, Mrs Miller said that recent announcements on cutting red tape would help speed up delivery of the infrastructure.

Following Culture questions, MPs put questions to John Thurso on the House of Commons Commission report about the need for repairs to the Parliamentary estate.

The extent of work required raised the possibility of relocating Parliament temporarily, a decision which would be taken on the grounds of cost, he said.

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