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Sports Lottery Fund

Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total reserves in the Sports Lottery Fund are. [186931]

Mr. Caborn: Balances held by each of the sports Lottery distributors as at 1 August 2004 are shown in the table.
Distributing bodyBalance (£)
Sport England193,912,849.51
Sport Scotland60,688,533.81
Sports Council for Wales17,974,275.50
Sports Council of Northern Ireland24,127,137.58
UK Sport2,880,357.25
Total299,583,153.65

St. Kitts Maritime Archaeological Project

Mr. Hawkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to assist maritime archaeology of sunken British vessels in the waters off Commonwealth countries, with particular reference to wrecks off St. Kitts being researched by the St. Kitts Maritime Archaeological Project. [185002]

Mr. Caborn [holding answer 19 July 2004]: We have no current plans to assist the St. Kitts Maritime Archaeological Project.

Tourism

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much revenue she estimates tourism generated for (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk in each of the last seven years. [187210]

Mr. Caborn: The information requested is as follows.

(a) The available figures for tourism expenditure in the East of England region are shown in the table.
Tourism expenditure in the East of England region by year(105)

£ millionVisits by overseas residentsTrips by domestic residents with an overnight stayTourism day trips by domestic residentsTotal
1997500n/a(106)n/an/a
1998550n/a(106)2,870n/a
1999550n/a(106)n/an/a
20006501,540n/an/a
20015201,800n/an/a
20026201,7002,9305,250
2003590nyan/an/a


(105)Sample sizes at this level of detail will be small which means that the estimates will be subject to a high margin of error. Particular caution should therefore be exercised when comparing any two of the estimates.
(106)Figures for overnight stays by domestic tourists are taken from the UK Tourism Survey. Comparable figures at regional level prior to 2000 are not available due to a major change in survey methodology.
n/a = not available,
nya = not yet available
Sources:
International Passenger Survey, UK Tourism Survey, GB Leisure Day Visits Survey





 
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(b) The available figures for tourism expenditure in Suffolk are shown in the table. Figures for tourism day trips are only available at regional level.
Tourism expenditure in Suffolk by year(107)

£ millionVisits by overseas residentsTrips by domestic residents with an overnight stayTourism day trips by domestic residents (109)Total
199730n/a(108)n/an/a
199840n/a(108)n/an/a
199955n/a(108)n/an/a
200050225n/an/a
200140310n/an/a
200270160n/an/a
200340nyan/an/a


(107) Sample sizes at this level of detail will be small which means that the estimates will be subject to a high margin of error. Particular caution should therefore be exercised when comparing any two of the estimates.
(108) Figures for overnight stays by domestic tourists are taken from the UK Tourism Survey. Comparable figures at regional level prior to 2000 are not available due to a major change in survey methodology.
(109) Due to small sample sizes in the GB Day Visits Survey, data are not available below Government Office Region level.
n/a = not available
nya = not yet available
Sources:
International Passenger Survey, UK Tourism Survey




Mr. Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government are taking to support the tourism industry in Bridgwater. [186506]

Mr. Caborn: Since April 2003, the Regional Development Agencies have had strategic responsibility for tourism development in the regions, reflecting its importance as a driver of regional economies. Over 2003–06, South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) will receive £403,000 per annum from my Department for tourism development activity, which is currently passed to the Regional Tourist Board, South West Tourism (SWT), as core funding. The board of SWRDA has recently endorsed the new tourism strategy, 'Towards 2015' and additional funding of £1.5 million per annum for the next four years has been proposed to cover its implementation. SWRDA has also funded other projects which benefit tourism in the region, including regional marketing, the Tourism Skills Network and capital investment in regional attractions.

DCMS has made available to VisitBritain in 2004–05 grant in aid of £35.5 million to promote Britain overseas and £12.9 million to lead the domestic marketing of England. Tourism in Bridgwater benefits from this expenditure, as does the rest of the country.

Mr. Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to visit Herefordshire to promote it as a tourist destination for (a) British and (b) foreign holiday-makers. [186823]

Mr. Caborn: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State currently has no official plans to visit Herefordshire. However, Herefordshire is promoted
 
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both globally and domestically in many of VisitBritain's campaigns. Domestically, it is featured in the flagship £2.5 million 'enjoyEngland' campaign and other themed promotions. For example, in the 'Outdoor England' campaign the region's natural attractions, such as the
 
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Wye Valley walk and the Forest of Dean are featured. Internationally, the county is included in campaigns such as 'Good Living', 'Lifestyle & Culture' and 'Hidden Britain'. Further information can be obtained from VisitBritain's website www.visitbritain.com.