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Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with devolved authorities on development of a single UK tourism strategy. (146204)

Tourism is a devolved matter. Discussions take place with all tourism partners to co-ordinate strategies. The 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games present great opportunities for all tourism bodies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

DCMS will also shortly publish a Tourism Strategy for the 2012 Games. The devolved Administrations of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, and their national tourism bodies, were consulted in developing the Strategy.

The Scottish Executive and the Welsh Assembly are also represented on the Ministerial Advisory Group which has, since early 2006, helped to shape the emerging strategic approach.