HC Deb 25 October 1999 vol 336 c756W
Mr. Spring

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures he has taken to ensure that Government regional offices involve(a) sport, (b) the Arts and (c) tourism in their plans for regeneration. [95197]

Janet Anderson

Our strategy document "Tomorrow's Tourism" and the Policy Action Team's report to the Social Exclusion Unit, "Arts&Sport", clearly illustrate how fundamental tourism, the arts and sport are to a successful regeneration programme.

Recently, my Department established a senior official in each of the Government Offices in the regions. They will champion the role, effectiveness and importance of these sectors for each region's regeneration strategy in one course of discussion on their Single Programme Documents, the framework by which EU Structural Funds are delivered, and the next Round (6) of the Single Regeneration Budget.