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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 25th October 2010.

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Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport and the Olympics) 2:30 pm, 25th October 2010

Tempting though it is, the answer is absolutely not. If the hon. Lady gets hold of a copy of the letter I wrote to the chief executive of the Rugby Football League when I took over, she will see that I said I was absolutely determined to ensure that precisely the same treatment was applied to both codes of rugby-for obvious reasons. The slight problem was that the RFL did not ask the then Government-of course, the hon. Lady's Government-as the RFU did when mounting the bid. My intention is to treat both similarly.