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Horse Racing

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

19. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the current economic downturn on the future of horse racing; and if he will make a statement. (259246)

The Government recognise the important contribution of horse racing to national and local economies and my Department is working closely with the British Horseracing Association and others to monitor the impact of the economic downturn on the industry.

It is too early to make any assessment of economic trends in relation to horse racing, but we will continue to monitor the situation as we will do for other sectors for which my Department is responsible.