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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 10th November 2015.

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Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills 11:30 am, 10th November 2015

Independent consultants—EY, the old Ernst & Young—estimated pre-tournament that the rugby world cup would attract more than 460,000 international visitors to England and Wales, which is the highest ever number for a world cup. That, apparently, would add up to £1 billion to the United Kingdom’s GDP, which is excellent, and we will know whether that figure was accurate sometime in May, when the impact statement has been done. By way of an anecdote, my hon. Friend Mark Pawsey, the birthplace of this great game, says that one business in his constituency reported a 250% increase in turnover, purely as a result of this great tournament.