The short debate is due to take place in the Houses of Parliament next Tuesday

The short debate is due to take place in the Houses of Parliament next Tuesday

Westminster politicians will hear about the value of the outdoor industry next week.

The Outdoor Industries Association, the trade body for companies and individuals in the sector, said a Commons debate has been tabled for Tuesday.

The OIA said MP David Rutley, co-chairman all-party parliamentary group on mountaineering, will speak for 15 minutes on the subject. The speech will be followed by a ministerial response and then a short debate.

Andrew Denton, chief executive of the OIA, said: “The OIA has a close working relationship with David Rutley MP and the British Mountaineering Council.

“Together, we have been lobbying for some time for an opportunity to address the House on the subject of the value of the outdoor economy to Britain and the myriad ways in which our industry contributes to health, tourism, sport and other aspects of society.

“We were delighted that the Speaker has called for this speech and debate. I am now liaising closely with our colleagues at the BMC and Ramblers to support David in his preparation and ensure the maximum possible impact for the outdoor industries.”

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