§ Sir Peter Emery
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department will take to ensure that the tourist industry in Devon is supported by the RDA for the West Country. 
§ Janet Anderson
[holding answer 28 January 1999]: As our strategy for tourism will set out, the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs), Regional Tourist Boards, local authorities and other tourism partners will together deliver the economic, environmental and social benefits that well-managed and appropriately developed tourism can bring to each region.
Because of the significant economic importance of tourism there is representation of tourism specialists on the RDA boards, including that of the South West RDA.