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Glasgow 2014: Commonwealth back-up budget 'used up'

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Image caption The opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games will be held at Celtic Park on 23 July

A £45.8m contingency budget for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow has been fully committed, it has emerged.

That means any extra costs, which have not been budgeted for, will be met by the £23m special reserve fund which needs approval from Scottish ministers.

First Minister Alex Salmond has already approved £800,000 from the reserve fund to be used if needed.

The contingency and reserve funds are part of the overall £472.3m budget of Games organiser Glasgow 2014.

A spokeswoman for Glasgow 2014 said: "The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games remain on track and on budget and the public contribution to the Games remains unchanged.

"With less than two months to go until the start of Glasgow 2014, we remain confident that the Games will be delivered within its existing budget."

The total budget for the Games is £575.6m. This figure includes the £472.3m budget for Glasgow 2014 and a £90m for security which is being overseen by Police Scotland.

Sports Minister Shona Robison confirmed in the Scottish Parliament last week that Glasgow 2014 had indicated it may have to use the special reserve fund, which requires the approval of the first minister.

'Potential pressures'

She said: "The organising committee has notified games partners of potential pressures on the special reserve.

"At this time, £800,000 from the special reserve of £23.8 million has been notionally committed to meet potential pressures that are associated with venue fit-out, should they materialise.

"Access to the special reserve requires the approval of the Scottish ministers. That request has been approved, and any further requests for use of the special reserve would similarly have to be approved by the Scottish ministers."

A spokesman for Glasgow 2014 said "costs can change" as operational plans for the Games develop.

"With just weeks to go until the start of the Games, we are entering the final stages of preparations and the majority of contracts are in place, aiding budget certainty," he said.

"Throughout the delivery of the Games, we have continued to ensure contingency funds appropriate to the scale of the project have been assigned.

"We also continue to make every effort to ensure best value in delivering an outstanding Games experience for athletes and spectators and remain confident that the Games will be delivered within budget."

Meanwhile, the route that the Queen's Baton Relay will take through Glasgow has been announced.

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Image caption Pupils from Alexandra Parade Primary School helped launch the ticket ballot for the finishing line parties and announce the route for the Queen's Baton Relay

The baton arrives in Scotland for the final leg of the relay on 14 June.

More than 400 baton-bearers will share the job of carrying it through Glasgow in the three days leading up to the Games opening ceremony on 23 July.

One 21 July it will pass landmarks including the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow Cathedral, Mitchell Library, Celtic Park and the Emirates Arena.

The following day, the baton will visit the SECC and Hydro, the Finnieston Crane, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow University and the Botanic Gardens.

On the final day of the relay, the baton will pass Hampden Stadium, Tramway, the Citizens Theatre and the Burrell Collection.

Tickets will also be balloted for finishing line parties each day at Springburn Park, Victoria Park and finally Queen's Park Recreation Ground.

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