Ryder Cup

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 8th September 2010.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West 11:30 am, 8th September 2010

What recent discussions she has had on opportunities for the leisure industry in south-east Wales arising from the forthcoming Ryder cup.

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Photo of Dame Cheryl Gillan Dame Cheryl Gillan The Secretary of State for Wales

I have recently visited a number of venues associated with the leisure industry in Wales, and I have seen at first hand some of the preparations being made for the 2010 Ryder cup. I have been impressed by all the hard work that will make this event a great Welsh success, and I am sure that, like the people of Newport, we are all anxious to see this fantastic event tee off in three weeks' time in Wales.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

This is a wonderful, unique opportunity for us to show off our city of Newport and the rest of Wales. Will the Minister guarantee that she will do everything she can to ensure that there is a full legacy from the Ryder cup for the young people of Newport, Wales and the rest of the United Kingdom?

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Photo of Dame Cheryl Gillan Dame Cheryl Gillan The Secretary of State for Wales

I agree entirely with the hon. Gentleman. The Ryder cup is going to be fantastic in Wales and I would urge Members to encourage their constituents who enjoy golf to visit this fantastic venue. The legacy fund already involves a £2 million investment by the Welsh Assembly Government, and it has so far distributed £1.5 million in grants for various projects across Wales. This is an event for Wales that all the political parties can come together and support wholeheartedly.

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