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Volume 493: debated on Wednesday 3 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for North Wiltshire of 1 April 2009, Official Report, columns 1217-8W, on tourism, what estimates have been made for 2008-09; and how much funding each Department provided under each heading in each year. (277479)

[holding answer 1 May 2009]: The following table gives details of Government spending on tourism for 2008-09:

£ million

VisitBritain funded by DCMS


Additional emergency funding


Regional development agencies (RDA), through the RDA Single Pot2 administered by DBERR


Additional DCMS funding for London through Greater London Authority (GLA)


1 Resource and Capital grant in aid combined, plus additional £2 million relocation costs.

2 DCMS contribution £3.5 million.

3 RDA figures not yet available—still to be audited.

The funding received by the British Tourist Authority and its successor VisitBritain came from DCMS, and the RDA funding from the RDA Single Pot administered by BERR, including a £3.5 million contribution from DCMS (which was £3.6 million in the years up to 2007-08). The funding for the GLA also came from DCMS. The £19 million emergency funding for the “Million Visitor Campaign” in 2001-02 was provided by HMT.