§ Mr. Onslow
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what support from public funds is received by the British Tourist Authority and the regional tourist boards; and what plans he had to review this.
§ Mr. Nicholls
Support from public funds in the current financial year is as follows:
- — Grant-in-Aid to the British Tourist Authority £21.4 million.
- — Grant-in-Aid to the English Tourist Board £23.3 million including £12.0 million for the scheme of assistance of tourism projects operated under Section 4 of the Development of Tourism Act 1969.
Subventions to the English regional tourist boards by the English tourist board from its grant-in-aid will amount to £2.7 million. The board will make further funds available to the regional tourist boards for specific marketing projects. The regional tourist boards also receive funding from local authorities.
Government funding for the British tourist authority and the English tourist board is reviewed annually as part of the public expenditure survey. Allocations for 1988–89 are currently being determined as part of this review.