London 2012 security under scrutiny

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Despite concerns over security costs, London's mayor is confident the 2012 Olympic Games will not exceed the £9.3 billion budget.

London mayor Boris Johnson has warned that security surrounding the 2012 Olympic Games will be a national, rather than a localised, issue. The BBC has reported that Mr Johnson told the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee: "The security threat is not just for London, the security threat can be anywhere during the Games. "Mr Johnson said progress was being made on the security architecture of the 2012 Olympics, and that "substantial protection" would exist around the main venues, without the "oppressive" security levels experience in Beijing in 2008. Mr Johnson said that despite the current global financial situation, the Games would not exceed their £9. 3 billion budget. However, the Independent reported in late September that London 2012 officials have "vastly underestimated" security costs, which could put the price of the Games at more than £10 billion. The security bill alone may reach £1. 5 billion, almost three times the original estimate. According to the report, the army will be involved in the protection of athletes and spectators, while military aircraft will provide air support. The Ministry of Defence has the right to charge Olympic authorities for military deployment, under Treasury rules.

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