Ministers sit on their hands as Wales misses out on Olympic contracts

October 4, 2010 11:34 AM

Welsh firms are missing out on multi million pound Olympic contracts as the Scottish and Northern Irish governments leave Wales trailing. Wales won just £570,000 worth of Tier One Olympic Contracts, compared to £17 million for Northern Ireland and £22 million for Scotland.

New Freedom of Information requests placed by the Welsh Liberal Democrats have revealed that there has been no written correspondence between the Welsh Ministers and the Olympic Delivery Authority in the last three years.

The Minister for Economy and Transport, Plaid's Ieuan Wyn Jones, has replied to his Northern Ireland counterpart bemoaning Wales' lack of success, starting 'The amount of Welsh companies who have successfully won business via the CompeteFor Portal is lower than we hoped'. However, Ieuan Wyn Jones has not written to the ODA himself.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Economic Development Minister, Jenny Randerson AM said:

"I was shocked to discover that there has been no correspondence from Welsh Ministers to the Olympic Delivery Authority regarding these contracts.

"Why haven't Welsh ministers written to Lord Coe, just as the Minister of Enterprise for Northern Ireland has done?

"It is one thing for officials to be talking to the ODA but we need our ministers on the field fighting for Wales too.

"It should be a priority for ministers to help land Olympic Contracts but it seems the Labour/Plaid Government is not standing up for Wales."

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