§ Siobhain McDonagh
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what work opportunities the tourism industry can offer under the welfare-to-work programme. 
§ Mr. Tom Clarke
Tourism is well placed to play a key role in the new deal/welfare-to-work initiative. It already supports some 1.7 million jobs. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has invited around 200 people involved in tourism, hospitality and leisure to a conference later this month to hear more about the proposals and the opportunities they present for the industry to meet its own staffing needs while offering young people real jobs leading to long-term, worthwhile careers.