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Royal Palaces

Mr. Alan Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what living accommodation at St. James's Palace was allotted to members of the Royal Family prior to the move by HRH Prince Charles to Clarence House; to which members; and what the current disposition of that accommodation is. [188563]

Mr. Caborn: Prior to the Prince of Wales moving into Clarence House, St. James's Palace provided the official London residences for the Prince of Wales, the Princess
 
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Royal and Princess Alexandra. The move has had no impact on the apartments of the Princess Royal and Princess Alexandra.

The former official residence of the Prince of Wales is being converted into office accommodation which will be used by staff from the Prince of Wales's household. Their previous offices in St. James's Palace are to be taken over by the Royal Collection Department.

Mr. Alan Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what residential accommodation at Buckingham Palace was allocated to members of the Royal Family, and to which members, (a) in 1999 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available. [188564]

Mr. Caborn: Buckingham Palace is the official London residence for The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. The Duke of York and Earl and Countess
 
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of Wessex also have residential accommodation in the Palace for use when they are in London. The position is unchanged between 1999 and now.

Tourism

Brian Cotter: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the level of Government grant in aid was to each regional tourist board in England in each year since 1997 (a) per head of population and (b) in real terms; and what the proportion was of (i) overseas and (ii) domestic tourists in England in each regional tourist board area in the same period. [188666]

Mr. Caborn: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) provided grant in aid to the English Tourism Council (ETC, formerly the English Tourist Board) between 1997–98 and 2002–03. Grant in aid was paid by the ETC to the Regional Tourist Boards (RTBs) as shown in the following table:
Grant in aid at 2002–03 prices

£000
Tourism Board1997–981998–991999–20002000–012001–022002–03
Cumbria275266239399646449
East of England557432427633868806
Heart of England528545494692931793
London(6)5134323824331,9641,900
Northumbria284241273394570447
North West331322314438614575
South East363315303385552544
Southern519526471606759766
South West496536512568842663
Yorkshire572564504597755655


(6) In 2001–02 and 2002–03, £1.9 million p.a. was passed from DCMS to the Greater London Authority (GLA). As well as £1.5 million for the promotion of London overseas as a destination and as a gateway to the rest of the UK, this included £400,000 for the development of tourism infrastructure, equivalent to the funding formerly passed to the London Tourist Board via the ETC. This funding is maintained under the current DCMS-GLA Agreement for 2003–06. £1.9 million passed to the GLA in 2003–04.


In 2003–04, DCMS funding for tourism development in the regions passed to the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs). The 2003–04 grant in aid payments to the RDAs are shown in the following table:
Grant in aid in 2003–04

Regional Development Agency(7)£000
East of England543
West Midlands252
East Midlands252
North East333
South East England744
South West England403
Yorkshire and the Number360
North West713


(7) In 2001–02 and 2002–03, £1.9 million p.a. was passed from DCMS to the Greater London Authority (GLA). As well as £1.5 million for the promotion of London overseas as a destination and as a gateway to the rest of the UK, this included £400,000 for the development of tourism infrastructure, equivalent to the funding formerly passed to the London Tourist Board via the ETC. This funding is maintained under the current DCMS-GLA Agreement for 2003–06. £1.9 million passed to the GLA in 2003–04.


Grant in aid per head of the resident population for each Regional Tourism Board area is shown in the following table:
Grant in aid per head of resident population(8)at 2002–03 prices

£
Tourism Board1997–981998–991999–20002000–012001–022002–03
North East0.110.090.110.160.230.18
North West and Cumbria(8)0.090.090.080.120.190.15
Yorkshire0.120.110.100.120.150.13
Heart of England0.060.060.050.070.100.08
East of England0.110.080.080.120.160.15
London0.070.060.050.060.270.26
Southern and South East(8)0.110.110.100.120.160.16
South West0.100.110.100.120.170.13




(8) Population Trends provides population figures for the standard administrative Government Office Regions (GORs). These are not identical to the areas covered by the RTBs but have been used as the best available approximation. It was necessary to combine North West and Cumbria, and also Southern and South East, to match the GOR figures.
Source:
Population Trends





 
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The proportion of overnight tourism visits to each region 1 is shown in the following table:

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Percentage

Proportion of total domestic tourism visits
Proportion of total overseas tourism visits
Tourism Board200020012002200020012002
East of England91011767
Heart of England1717189911
London131312515048
Northumbria877222
North West and Cumbria111011666
Tourism South East192019161716
South West131515666
Yorkshire989444




Note:
Regional UK Tourism Survey data is only available on a consistent basis back to 2000 due to a major change in the survey methodology.
Source:
International Passenger Survey, UK Tourism Survey.




Brian Cotter: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the level of Government grant in aid was to the English Tourism Council in each year since 2000. [188742]

Mr. Caborn: In April 2003, functions of the British Tourist Authority and the English Tourism Council (ETC) were merged to form VisitBritain. Grant in aid for the ETC for the period 2000–03 was as follows:
Grant in aid to ETC

£ million
2000–0111
2001–029.6
2002–0311.6

In addition, £3.8 million was awarded to the ETC in 2001–02 and further £1 million in 2002–03 from the Reserve to help tourism recover from the impact of foot and mouth and the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. In 2002–03, the ETC was also awarded £3.6 million over two years from the Invest to Save Budget to support the development of the EnglandNet project to establish an on-line tourism network for England.

Grant in aid allocation to VisitBritain for the domestic marketing of England was £10 million in 2003–04 and £12.9 million is available for 2004–05.

TV Licensing

Jim Dowd: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what TV Licensing's policy is on the number of times a household which has declared that it does not hold a TV licence because it has no television is re-contacted to verify that declaration; how much such re-contacting cost in the latest year for which figures are available; how many households fell within this category in the most recent year for which figures are available, expressed (a) in numerical terms and (b) as a proportion of UK households; and if she will make representations to TV Licensing to make these procedures less burdensome on householders. [189036]

Estelle Morris: The BBC has statutory responsibility for the administration of the television licensing system and TV Licensing carries out the day to day administration under contract to the Corporation. I have therefore asked the BBC's Head of Revenue Management to consider the questions raised by my hon. Friend and to write to him direct, placing a copy of the letter in the Library of the House.

As part of BBC Charter Review, the Government will be considering how the Corporation should be funded after the expiry of the current Charter, including whether the existing arrangements might be improved.


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