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Tourism: East of England

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding his Department allocated for the development of the tourism sector in (a) Mid Bedfordshire constituency and (b) the East of England in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (280101)

Responsibility for tourism in the regions was taken over by the regional development agencies (RDAs) in 2003. Funding for the RDAs is not ring-fenced for particular economic sectors, such as tourism. In each year between 2003-04 and 2007-08, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) contributed £3.6 million to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) single programme budget (the “Single Pot”) in respect of regional tourism responsibilities. The Single Pot, which will total approximately £2.2 billion, £2.2 billion and £2.1 billion in 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 respectively, is allocated amongst the RDAs by BIS. DCMS’s contribution will be £3.5 million, £3.4 million and £3.3 million in these years.

The reported tourism investment of the East of England Development Agency (in £ million) was as follows:

The reported tourism investment of the East of England development agency

Amount (£ million)

2003-04

0.6

2004-05

0.6

2005-06

0.8

2006-07

1.5

2007-08

1.8

Source:

Visit Britain—British Tourism Framework Review, 2009