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Tourism: Regulation

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department’s latest assessment is of the size of the regulatory burden on the tourism industry; and what steps he is taking to reduce that burden. (281250)

My Department works with others across Whitehall to reduce the regulatory burden on the tourism industry. Following this January’s National Tourism Summit, Government and the industry have been working together to try and resolve concerns about existing, and future, regulatory burdens. These have been discussed by the newly formed Tourism Advisory Council and with tourism leads from the nations and regions.

Following these discussions, I covered the first meeting of the inter-ministerial group on tourism, whose members are drawn from the main regulatory Departments, and asked them to take the economic importance of tourism into account when formulating new, or re-formulating old, regulatory proposals.

Some of my Department’s regulatory responsibilities concern the tourism and leisure sectors but, so far, it has achieved a 43 per cent. reduction in administrative burdens against a baseline established in May 2005. These savings in the cost of red tape are derived mainly from the reform of the licensing and gambling regimes.