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Tourism

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

16. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations have been made by her Department to the Lyons review with regard to the potential impact of a bed tax on tourist accommodation. (74932)

The Lyons Inquiry is an independent review, and it has not yet made any recommendations. Sir Michael Lyons is scheduled to report by the end of this year and my Department will respond, as is appropriate, at that point.

18. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the role of local authorities in promoting tourism in the UK. (74935)

Local authorities play vital roles in supporting tourism, investing over £122 million into the sector in 2004-05. My Department works closely with the Local Government Association and a range of other organisations representing local councils, and is ensuring that local authorities are fully involved in work to prepare for the tourism opportunities of the 2012 Olympic games and Paralympic games.