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VisitBritain: Expenditure

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the percentage change in VisitBritain's total budget in real terms was in each of the last five years. (310122)

[holding answer 11 January 2010]: The following table details the grant in aid expenditure by VisitBritain from 2004-05 through to 2008-09 and the percentage change on a year on year basis. In 2003-04 there was a merger between the British Tourist Authority and the English Tourist Council and an additional one-off amount of £2.0 million was allocated to the new body VisitBritain, to assist with the merger. This one-off payment is reflected in the figures for 2003-04 and explains the difference between 2003-04 and 2004-05.

VisitBritain grant in aid funding

£000

Grant in aid as per resource account

Real terms grant in aid at 2008-09 prices

Percentage change in real terms

2003-04

51,372

58,374

2004-05

48,400

53,510

-8.3

2005-06

48,900

53,072

-0.8

2006-07

49,900

52,601

-0.9

2007-08

50,650

51,892

-1.3

2008-09

49,900

49,900

-3.8

The figures are derived from the grant in aid data in the Department's Resource Account and converted to 2008-09 prices.

Following the three year comprehensive spending review (CSR) settlement for VisitBritain from 2008-09 to 2010-11, we carried out a strategic review of British tourism in order to ensure better co-ordination of the estimated £2 billion public funding invested in tourism during the current CSR period, from local, regional and national sources, and to identify ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of that support. As a result, there has been a fundamental restructuring of VisitBritain and a strengthened role for VisitEngland. The Government are confident that these new arrangements will provide a more robust and responsive vehicle to grow and sustain the tourism and hospitality industry.