MP calls for debate on Olympics

A Norfolk MP has called for a parliamentary debate to ensure that people and businesses from across the country can contribute to the 2012 London Olympics.

A Norfolk MP has called for a parliamentary debate to ensure that people and businesses from across the country can contribute to the 2012 London Olympics.

Christopher Fraser, MP for South West Norfolk, has asked the Leader of the House Jack Straw to table a session in the Commons to make sure that the games leave an appropriate and sustainable legacy.

Mr Fraser, who was a member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee at the time of the Sydney Olympics, said too many decisions were made at the "last minute" and young people and British companies should be given a chance to participate in the London games, which are now just over five years away.

He said: "It cannot just be a London event, particularly as the increasing cost is likely to take Lottery funds away from local voluntary and charity projects. I would like to see horticultural businesses in Norfolk given an opportunity to take on planting and landscaping of the Olympic venues and I would like to see every school given an opportunity to contribute in some way by sending young people to meet and greet, or to design some of the thousands of pieces of art work that will be needed."

Mr Fraser said he hoped Jack Straw could table the debate before the summer parliamentary recess in July.

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