David Mowat has called on the Government to do more to support the Rugby League World Cup in 2013. The Tournament's organisers have expressed concern that a total of £1.25 million, that had been pledged by the North West Development Agency and Yorkshire Forward to the tournament, is now at risk as the two agencies are set to be abolished.
Speaking in the House of Commons, he criticised the confusion over which government department was responsible for making up the shortfall and called for the appropriate minister to give a statement to Parliament on the matter. Leader of the House Sir George Young assured him that support for the Tournament was a Conservative manifesto commitment and that the Government was committed to ensuring that the Tournament was a success.
Mr Mowat said:
"There is now a £1 million shortfall in the funding for the rugby league world cup. We are having some difficulty establishing whether that is a matter for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (who are responsible for RDAs) or the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The confusion over who is actually responsible for this money is adding to the concerns that I and many others have over the financial support for the Tournament.
"The support already shown for the Council's e-petition on the World Cup shows how important this tournament is to our town. As a member of the Parliamentary Rugby League Group, I've called on the Government to get its act together and I'm going to keep the pressure on until we get a decision."