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Volume 477: debated on Monday 16 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with the Foreign Secretary on policies affecting inbound tourism. (210747)

[holding answer 13 June 2008]: Since the start of 2008, my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary and I have exchanged detailed correspondence about issues relevant to the Strategic Review of Tourism Support, which is presently being taken forward by VisitBritain. The aim of these discussions was to make the best possible use of the overseas assets of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the British Council, along with VisitBritain’s overseas office network, in promoting inbound tourism. These discussions have contributed to the emerging findings of the Strategic Review, which is expected to report in July.