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Tourism: Finance

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what budget his Department provided for Visit Britain in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008; what budget he proposes for Visit Britain in (i) 2009, (ii) 2010, (iii) 2011 and (iv) 2012; and what estimate he has made of the proportion of such funding spent on promoting the UK as a tourist destination (A) within the UK and (B) overseas in each year. (251201)

The information requested is as follows:

Budget provided for VisitBritain by the Department for Culture Media and Sport since 2004-05

£ million

Total

Overseas Budget

Domestic1 Budget

2004-05

48.4

35.5

12.9

2005-06

48.9

35.5

13.4

2006-07

49.9

35.5

14.4

2007-08

250.6

35.5

15.1

2008-09

47.9

335

312.9

2009-10

45.4

4

4

2010-11

40.9

4

4

2011-12

5

5

5

1 Domestic budget denotes VisitBritain's budget to market England domestically.

2 For the period 2007-08, DCMS also gave £750,000 to VisitBritain to support a campaign to promote rural England following the floods and outbreak of foot and mouth of 2007.

3 Estimated figures.

4 Budget allocation due to be finalised following outcomes of VB Strategic framework review and discussions between VisitBritain and VisitEngland.

5 Not available—outside current HMT spending review round.