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Tourism: Leeds

Volume 477: debated on Friday 20 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department allocated to tourism in the Leeds Metropolitan District in each year since 2005. (211176)

Central Government funding for the English regions (including the Leeds metropolitan district) is administered by the regional development agencies but is not ring-fenced for particular economic sectors, such as tourism. Since 2005 the DCMS has contributed £3.6 million to DBERR's Single Programme budget (the “Single Pot”) in respect of the tourism responsibilities of the eight agencies outside London; and £1.9 million in support of the statutory tourism duties of the Greater London Authority.

The regional development agencies themselves spent £52 million in 2005-06; £51.8 million in 2006-07; and £43.5 million in 2007-08 on tourism support.