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Swimming: Finance

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2008, Official Report, columns 860-61W, what contribution he expects Sport England to make to the £140 million fund announced on 6 June 2008 to encourage local authorities to offer free swimming; and what percentage of the fund will come from (a) Lottery income and (b) grant-in-aid income. [224513]

Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 6 October 2008]: We are discussing with Sport England its potential contribution to the Free Swimming Programme.

None of the £140 million fund will come from lottery income.

Tourism: Finance

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on work related to tourism in each year since 2002 in 2007-08 prices. [224961]


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Barbara Follett: The information requested is as follows:

Grant in Aid Funding for VisitBritain and its predecessor bodies since 2001


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Total Total 2007-08 prices( 1) Overseas budget Overseas budget 2007-08 prices( 1) Domestic budget Domestic budget 2007-08 prices( 1)

2001-02

45.1

53.1

35.5

41.8

9.6

11.3

2002-03

47.1

53.7

35.5

40.5

11.6

13.2

2003-04

47.9

53.1

35.5

39.4

12.4

13.8

2004-05

48.4

52.3

35.5

38.3

12.9

13.9

2005-06

48.9

51.8

35.5

37.6

13.4

14.2

2006-07

49.9

51.4

35.5

36.6

14.4

14.8

2007-08

50.6

50.6(2)

35.5

35.5

15.1

15.1

(1) Adjusted using GDP deflator at market prices index. In each year since 2003-04 to 2007-08, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has contributed £3.6 million to the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform's (DBERR's) Single Programme budget (the "Single Pot") in respect of the tourism responsibilities of the eight Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) outside London. The Greater London Authority (GLA) is responsible for tourism in London. DCMS has provided £1.9 million each year, since 2001-02 to 2007-08, to the GLA to support the Mayor in the delivery of the GLA's statutory tourism duties. This does not include an additional £19 million in Treasury funding for the Million visitor overseas marketing campaign in 2001-02. This was matched by the private sector.
(2) For the period 2007-08, DCMS also gave £750,000 to VisitBritain to support a campaign to promote rural England following the floods and outbreak of foot and mouth of 2007.


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