HL Deb 19 December 2001 vol 630 cc63-4WA
Lord Fearn

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What specific aid has been given to the traditional English seaside resorts in the years 2000 and 2001. [HL1994]

Baroness Blackstone

The Government believe that the principal responsibility for supporting the infrastructure of British seaside resorts lies with local government, working with other interested parties in the light of a clear vision and strategy for tourism and other economic activity.

Resorts have been successful in obtaining various forms of funding in the years 2000 and 2001. For example, there have been 35 successful bids by coastal areas to the Single Regeneration Budget worth a total of £172 million, 28 per cent of the total round 6 award. Some seaside resorts such as Blackpool are also eligible for Neighbourhood Renewal Funding.