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VisitBritain and VisitEngland (Triennial Review)

Volume 584: debated on Tuesday 22 July 2014

I am today announcing the start of the triennial review of VisitBritain and VisitEngland (British Tourist Authority). Triennial reviews are part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring that non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) continue to have regular independent challenge.

The review will examine whether there is a continuing need for VisitBritain and VisitEngland’s functions and their form and whether they should continue to exist at arm’s length from Government. Should the review conclude there is a continuing need for the bodies, it will go on to examine whether their control and governance arrangements continue to meet the recognised principles of good corporate governance. The findings at both stages of the review will be examined by a challenge group.

Further details of the review, including how to submit evidence to it, can be found on the DCMS website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-culture-media-sport

I will inform the House of the outcome of the review when it is completed and copies of the report of the review will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.