April 19 - Britain's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have released their report of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in which claim the country "can get big projects right" as displayed by the successful hosting of the Games.
The 52-page report has been compiled from evidence gained from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Home Office, London 2012, the Ministry of Defence, G4S, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and the Cabinet Office.
It specifically examined the staging of London 2012 and plans for delivering the legacy.
"Following the extraordinarily successful London 2012 Games, a mood of confidence and pride swept the nation - and a feeling that this country can get big projects right," said chair of the PAC Margaret Hodge as the report was published.
"Invaluable experience and skills were acquired in putting on the Games.
"We hope that the lessons learnt from this success will be applied to future major public sector projects.
"Equally the public sector must learn from things that went wrong, like venue security and the availability of tickets for the general public.
"We all want the momentum of the Games to be maintained."
There was however a warning that the Government must continue to work hard to ensure a real legacy from the Games.
"They need to be shown as having longer term consequences for this country," said Hodge.
"The legacy programme is therefore crucial and must be delivered in full.
"A lot of organisations, central and local, have responsibilities for the many individual projects making up the legacy programme, in such areas as business, tourism and increased sports participation."
Hodge also gives particular praise to the 70,000 Games Maker volunteers who helped make London 2012 such a huge success, but says a legacy of volunteering from the Games must be demonstrated.
"The volunteers at the Games did a fantastic job," she said.
"We need to capitalise on that success but there is a danger of the volunteering legacy fizzling out.
"The Cabinet Office must demonstrate that it is not missing the boat, so that there is a lasting volunteering legacy both within sport and beyond."
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