§ Mr. Gregory
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will advise the level of funding to the British Tourist Authority in each year since 1979.
§ Mr. Norman Lamont
The following table shows the amounts provided by way of grant-in-aid to the British Tourist Authority in each financial year since 1979–80. The figure for 1983–84 is estimated:522W
Year £ 1979–80 12,790,990 1980–81 14,230,000 1981–82 16,218,000 1982–83 18,096,000 1983–84 16,992,000
The authority also receives revenue apart from its grant-in-aid and details of this are set out in the BTA's published annual accounts. The reduction in provision for 1983–84 reflects certain changes in functions, such as the withdrawal of the BTA from some domestic activities and transfers of funds to the ETB, which were announced by the then Under-Secretary of State on 16 March 1983 in reply to a written parliamentary question.—[Vol. 39, c. 193.]