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Jeremy Hunt explains what will happen to the Government's 9,000 allocated Olympic tickets

By Jonathan Isaby
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Picture 23 At Culture Questions yesterday, the subject of the Olympics came up, as it doubtless will on a regular basis over the coming year.

Central Devon's Tory MP, Mel Stride, wanted to know what will happen to the 9,000 tickets for the 2012 Games which have been allocated to the Government:

"Will he reassure the House that none of them will be provided as free perks either to Government employees in general or, in particular, to UK politicians?"

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt replied:

"I am happy to reassure my hon. Friend about the details of those tickets: 3,000 tickets have been allocated to staff associated with the project — they will be purchased and are available through a ballot; 2,400 are being made available to host towns and cities, and they, too, will be purchased; 2,900 will be made available to guests of the Government, including international business guests and dignitaries, to make sure that we secure an economic legacy to the Olympics; and 450 tickets will be allocated as prizes in the school games, to which 6,000 schools have signed up."

I make that 8,750 accounted for; I wonder what will become of the other 250?


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