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Rugby Union

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 25 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the nature of the recent Rugby Union Summit meeting. [121412]

I attended the Rugby Summit meeting on 9 June 2003 with representatives of the Rugby Union authorities, the Home Office, HM Treasury, Camelot and UK Sport. A useful discussion included Lottery funding for the sport, player visa issues, major sporting events and charitable status for amateur Rugby Union clubs. I intend to consider the points made in detail, and I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Sittingbourne and Sheppey (Mr. Wyatt) for organising and chairing the Summit.