Visitor Economy — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:23 pm on 18th March 2015.

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Photo of Lord Allen of Kensington Lord Allen of Kensington Labour 3:23 pm, 18th March 2015

I apologise for my excitement on a subject that I feel passionate about. Can the Minister tell the House what contribution major international sporting events hosted in the UK have made to overall visitor numbers and tourist spend? Does he agree that the success of such big events has been helped enormously by the incredible contribution of volunteers, such as those recruited by Join In for the Tour de France and in preparation for the forthcoming cerebral palsy world games and Rugby World Cup?