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Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding allocated by his Department to each regional development agency was spent on tourism in each of the last five years. 
|Expenditure on Tourism (£ million)|
|(1) NWDA have not included: (a) core cost for funding Destination Management Organisations or Regional Tourist Boards and (b) specific funding to organisations in Liverpool for Capital of Culture activity.|
(2) ONE took over the delivery of tourism in 2004-05.
(3) Figures for 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 include expenditure related to SWRDA's role as the national RDA lead for tourism policy.
Dan Rogerson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether further budget changes are planned for each regional development agency before its current corporate plan expires. 
Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the recession on the flow of funds from regional development agencies. 
Mr. McFadden [holding answer 9 July 2009]: The Department has asked the RDAs to review their spending plans on how they will use their resources to deliver their priorities in the light of changes to their budgets and the changed economic conditions. This information will be available in the RDAs (refreshed) Corporate Plans, which will be published in the summer.
Mr. Evennett: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding his Department has channelled through regional development agencies for (a) skills training and (b) careers advice in the last five years. 
|RDA Expenditure on Skills Training (£ million)|
|(1) Figures used are aggregate figures for the directorate of Business and Skills.|
(2) To separate out the data would incur disproportionate cost.
(b) RDAs have no specific remit to provide careers advice, and as such, there is no direct funding of any careers advice programmes. However, there are a number of RDA programmes such as employment brokerage to
place graduates with SMEs, which may be considered to contain elements of 'careers advice' as a by-product of the programme.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how much each of the regional development agencies and the London Development Agency (a) spent on media monitoring in each of the last three years and (b) has allocated to expenditure on media monitoring in each of the next three years; 
|RDA actual expenditure on media monitoring|
During the period 2006-07 to 2008-09 the LDA also made an annual contribution towards the GLA Group In-House cuttings service.
|RDA allocated expenditure on media monitoring|
|(1) AWM are currently reviewing their future spend in all areas.|
(2) LDA has made no provisional allocation, as the contracts with media monitoring companies are due for renewal at the end of the 2009-10 financial year.
Robert Neill: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 28 April 2009, Official Report, column 1276W, on regional planning and development, on what date the regional industrial development boards were established; how much funding his Department has allocated to each such brand for 2009-10; and what the remit and function of each such board is. 
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