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Tourism Strategy Fund

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has to continue funding the Tourism Strategy Fund. (203015)

As my hon. Friend the Minister for Sport set out in his reply to the hon. Member for South West Surrey on 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1753W, the Tourism Strategy Fund was a time limited budget. It was used to fund a number of tourism support initiatives arising from the policy document Tomorrow's Tourism in 1999.

Substantial support for tourism from DCMS continues, and is now used to take forward the objectives set out last September in Winning, the DCMS Strategy for the 2012 Games. This work is funded from DCMS grant-in-aid to VisitBritain (£49.9 million in 2007-08), to the Regional Development Agencies (£3.6 million in 2007-08), and the Greater London Authority (£1.9 million in 2007-08).