First ever parliamentary questions on American football tabled in House of Lords

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for American Football have shared that, for the first time ever, two questions have been tabled in the House of Lords.

APPG Vice Chair, Lord Taylor of Warwick has tabled two written questions regarding the development of the sport in the UK.

The questions will ask the government firstly what progress has been made towards the goal of establishing an NFL franchise in the UK, and secondly what plans the government has to encourage the development of the sport in this country.

Per the APPG website:


Two written questions on American football have been tabled in the House of Lords.

Tabled by All-Party Parliamentary American Football Group Vice-Chair, Lord Taylor of Warwick, the written questions are the first ever in the House of Lords.

In the questions, Lord Taylor of Warwick asks the government what progress has been made in establishing a NFL franchise in the UK, and what plans the government has to encourage the development of American football in the UK.

Responding on behalf of the government, Lord Ashton of Hyde references that Sport England has invested over £10 million into projects where American football has been a beneficiary since 2004, and also states the government’s support for the NFL”s ambitions to establish a franchise in the UK.

The full questions and answers can be viewed here and here.

Lord Taylor of Warwick said “American football is a fantastic sport, and I am pleased that we will see four NFL games played in London in 2019.

“The government’s support for the sport is also very positive, and I thank the Minister for his answers to my questions.

“I hope that we will see further growth in the sport across the UK, and look forward to continuing to work with colleagues in the All-Party Parliamentary American Football Group to promote the game.”

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