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Tourism: Poole

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding has been allocated to the promotion of tourism (a) in Poole and (b) nationally in each year since 1997. (320486)

The information requested on funding to promote tourism in Poole is not held centrally. Responsibility for tourism in the regions was taken over by the regional development agencies (RDAs) in 2003.

I have therefore asked the chief executive of the South West regional development agency to write to the hon. Member for Poole directly. Copies of the response will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

The overall level of public sector investment in tourism from local, regional and national sources will exceed £2 billion in the current spending review period (2008-09 to 2010-11).

Nationally, funding to promote tourism is directed through VisitBritain and VisitEngland.

VisitBritain's Grant in Aid since 1997 (including VisitBritain's predecessor bodies —the British Tourist Authority and the English Tourism Council—up to 2002-03) is outlined in the following table:

£ million

1997-98

44.7

1998-99

44.7

1999-2000

47.2

2000-01

47

2001-02

64.1

2002-03

68

2003-04

51.3

2004-05

48.4

2005-06

48.9

2006-07

49.9

2007-08

50.7

2008-09

49.9

The rise in spending between 2001 and 2003 represents the additional funding invested by the Government and the industry to support tourism in response to specific national and international events that occurred in and immediately preceding this period (foot and mouth, 9/11 and SARS).