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MP demands end to Olympic bid secrecy

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LONDON'S OLYMPIC chiefs are under pressure to cut the secrecy surrounding the tendering process for work on the Olympic Park in Stratford and reveal the identities of shortlisted firms.

Labour MP for Sheffield Attercliffe Clive Betts this week tabled a Parliamentary Question demanding that culture secretary Tessa Jowell force the London Development Agency to reveal fi ms in the running for the £2.4bn project.

'I had previously raised the issue of a need for transparency in the public-private arrangements necessary to deliver the Games back in July, ' said Betts, a member of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister select committee.

he culture secretary assured me that the procurement pro ss would be transparent, so I'm amazed the LDA won't tell people which firms have been shortlisted, he added.' The LDA refused to reveal the identities of the six firms in the running for the programme management contract, but identifi d in NCE 27 October, and of consultants tendering for design contracts.

It has also refused to name those who were last week interviewed for the job of Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) chair man, and the candidates for the ODA chief executive, interviews for which take place this week.

An LDA spokesman said: 'We are not obliged and it is not common practice in government contracts to publish shortlists.

But we will take it case by case as to what we make public - there have been cases where we have published shortlists, such as the shortlist for the Aquatics centre.

'We are aware that there's an interest in the Olympics, but we need to follow best practice in procurement.

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