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Rural Areas: Tourism

Volume 492: debated on Wednesday 20 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 25 March 2009, Official Report, column 381W, on tourism: rural areas, how much funding from the Rural Development Programme for England 2007-13 has been provided for support to encourage rural tourism in each region. (276426)

[holding answer 19 May 2009]: Each region has set out in published Regional Implementation Plans, the indicative allocation for support for rural tourism over the period 2007-13. Regions have taken different approaches to how these are expressed, but the approximate indicative allocations are:

£ million

East of England

6.4

East Midlands

2.7

North East

2.4

North West

4.5

South East

5.1

South West

10.9

West Midlands

2.5

Yorkshire and the Humber

3.3

Total

37.8

Source:

Regional Implementation Plans:

www.defra.gov.uk

These figures include amounts that Local Action Groups are planning to spend on tourism through the Leader approach, which are not included in the figures programmed to the tourism measure in the Rural Development Programme document.