HC Deb 10 March 1999 vol 327 c212W
Mr. Fearn

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what was the total funding his Department gave to the London Tourist Board in(a) 1995, (b) 1996, (c) 1997, and (d) 1998. [75278]

Janet Anderson

The Government do not provide funding directly to the London Tourist Board. It does, however, directly fund the English Tourist Board which has for many years provided funding to the LTB and other regional tourist boards to complement the ETB's role in delivering national and regional programmes for tourism. Also, since 1996–97, a proportion of the Government's grant-in-aid to the BTA has been earmarked to help fund the LTB's Focus London campaign, which promotes London overseas as a major tourist destination and as the gateway to Britain. The funding that the LTB has received from the ETB and the BTA is as follows:

1995–96 791,153
1996–97 546,110 650,000
1997–98 489,828 923,000
1998–99 447,310 1,500,000