Tessa Jowell has revealed that 100,000 people have registered their interest in volunteering at London's 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In response to a written question from Hugh Robertson, the Conservative MP for Faversham and Mid Kent, the culture secretary confirmed that the London Organising Committee for the games wants to recruit 70,000 volunteers.
Jowell said she was making plans to ensure the culture of volunteering would be embedded in the Olympics, and that she was working with the Office of the Third Sector as part of a "cross-government action plan" for the games.
Two weeks ago, Gordon Brown endorsed the idea of Britain as a nation of volunteers while speaking at a summit on corporate responsibility at the Treasury (Third Sector, 1 November). As evidence of this, the Chancellor said that the volunteering charity v was on course to attract a million new volunteers in the next five years.