Rugby World Cup

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 15 January 2015.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South 9:30, 15 January 2015

If he will discuss with the organisers of the Rugby World Cup the use of non-playing facilities at the Ricoh arena for events connected to that tournament.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The selection of host city venues and team training camps is a matter for England 2015, the tournament organisers.

Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

Is the Minister aware of the wonderful facilities at the Ricoh arena in Coventry, particularly for sport, but there are also restaurants and tourist facilities there? I would like to say that Ministers have been very helpful to Coventry in respect of the Charterhouse project for tourists.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

I do know of the wonderful facilities in Coventry, and I am confident that there will be opportunities for Coventry to benefit from England hosting the rugby world cup. That could include participation in the domestic trophy tour in the Festival of Rugby. I recommend that local authority venues in cities, including the Ricoh arena in Coventry, continue to discuss opportunities with England Rugby 2015.