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|(1) Participation within the Visitor Attraction survey is voluntary and so there may be attractions that choose not to participate or to remain anonymous. For these reasons, comparisons between years is not advisable.|
(2) Figures are rounded to the nearest thousand.
Visitor Attraction Trends survey, England (Visit Britain).
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what target his Department has set for tourism growth in the period 2008-11; 
(2) when he plans to announce a new tourism growth target for 2008-11; 
(3) what progress his Department has made towards the target of increasing turnover in the tourism industry to £100 billion by 2010, as described by his predecessor, the right hon. Member for Stalybridge and Hyde, in departmental media release 140/05, dated 20 October 2005; and if he will make a statement. 
Margaret Hodge [holding answer 20 February 2008]: The present DCMS strategic target for tourism growth is total UK turnover of £100 billion by 2010. This was agreed with the industry, the Regional Development Agencies and the Local Government Association in 2004, and announced in the policy document Tomorrow's Tourism Today. The industry's turnover was £85.6 billion in 2006, compared to £74.2 billion in 2003.
Since 2004 the outlook for the UK tourism industry has changed considerably, particularly because of the opportunities of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Accordingly, DCMS announced in October 2007 in Winning: A tourism strategy for 2012 and beyond, that it would work with the industry and its public sector partners towards agreeing a revised strategic target for tourism.
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the average expenditure per head by overseas tourists visiting (a) Birmingham, (b) the West Midlands and (c) the
area covered by Tamworth Borough Council in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Margaret Hodge: The table shows the average expenditure per visit by overseas residents visiting (a) Birmingham and (b) the West Midlands for the latest available year.
Information for the area covered by Tamworth borough council is not available.
|Average expenditure( 1) per visit by overseas residents, 2006|
|(1) Expenditure excludes fares for travel to and from the UK.|
(2) Figures are based on small sample sizes and as such should be treated with extreme caution, and used solely as an indicative estimate.
(3) Government office region.
International Passenger Survey (ONS).
Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people are employed in the drug-free sport department of UK Sport; what the salary costs of the department were in the last 12 months; and how many consultants are employed by UK Sport to work with that department. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: UK Sport currently employs 19 people in its drug-free sport department. The salary costs for the department in the year to March 2008 are forecast to be £703,600. UK Sport employs one part-time consultant to work with the department as an IT specialist.
Robert Neill: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 1079W, on Admiralty House, what individual utilities are covered by the charge paid by occupying Departments. 
Mr. Watson: The charge paid by Departments occupying the ministerial flats at Admiralty House includes sums for gas, electricity, water and sewerage, the Whitehall district heating system and the Whitehall stand-by distribution system (a back-up electricity supply).
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether it is his policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs or (b) LED lights for festive decorations in the Prime Ministers Office. 
Mr. Watson: The Christmas trees within the Prime Ministers Office were lit by LED lights. The external tree outside No. 10 Downing street was lit by a combination of LED and compact fluorescent lamp fittings. Incandescent lights are not used.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what proportion of Civil Service vacancies have been advertised on the (a) public and (b) Civil Service and accredited non-departmental public bodies staff-only sections of the Civil Service recruitment gateway website in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Watson: Government Departments are responsible for ensuring that their vacancies are publicised on the civil service recruitment gateway. Data is not collected centrally on the total number of civil service and NDPB vacancies at any given time.
From 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2007, 5,727 vacancies were advertised, of which (a) 2,916 were advertised on the public part of the site and (b) 2,811 on the civil service and accredited non-departmental public bodies staff-only section of the civil service recruitment gateway website.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the titles of all working groups attached to Cabinet Committee MISC 32. 
Mr. Watson: The Cabinet Committee on Pandemic Influenza Planning (MISC 32) is supported by the Pandemic Flu Implementation Group of officials.
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) press and (b) communications officers the Cabinet Office employed in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. Watson: I refer the hon. Member to the answers given by the then Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office my hon. Friend the Member for East Renfrewshire (Mr. Murphy), on 10 March 2006, Official Report, column 1837-38W, and by the then Minister for the Cabinet Office on 26 March 2007, Official Report, column 1349W.
The Cabinet Office does not keep separate records of numbers of other communication staff, who do not all work in the central communications unit.
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