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Volume 887: debated on Tuesday 4 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will set out in a table the amounts of Government support for each of the national and regional tourist boards in the United Kingdom, the total amount each board receives from local authorities and from other sources and the amount of direct expenditure on promoting tourism by local authorities in total and in each of the regions.

The level of Government support for the three national tourist boards is set out in their annual reports available in the Library of the House.The amounts for 1974–75 were set out in my answer to the hon. Member for Moray and Nairn (Mrs. Ewing) on 27th February 1975.—[Vol. 887, c. 238.] Regional tourist boards do not receive direct support from Government. Current information about local authority support for their programmes and the authorities' direct expenditure on tourism is not available; but the broad pattern of support for the regional boards from the national tourist boards and local authorities may also be found in the annual reports.