§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
asked the Secretary of State for Trade how much money is now being spent directly and indirectly promoting tourism in the United Kingdom; and whether the amount has increased proportionately to the appreciation in the exchange rate.
§ Mr. Tebbit
Grant-in-aid provision from Government funds for the four national tourist boards and the British Tourist Authority amounts to £28.6 million in 1980–81 compared with £24.7 million in 1979–80. In addition, the boards use their grants-in-aid to attract additional revenue from commercial sources. Information on direct expenditure by the trade in promoting tourism is not available. The grant-in-aid provision for overseas expenditure of the British Tourist Authority takes account of fluctuations in exchange rates.