§ Lord Fearn
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What help has been given, in the year 2001 and the present year to date, to tourism information centres staffed by local authority personnel. [HL3302]
§ Baroness Blackstone
More than £90 million is spent annually by local authorities on tourism, much of which is allocated to supporting tourist information70WA centres staffed by local authority personnel. The Government have made £900,000 available from the Capital Modernisation Fund this financial year to support the electronic networking of tourist information centres during 2001–02 and 2002–03. We also announced on 20 March that we would be making £3.6 million available from the Invest to Save budget over two years (2002–03 and 2003–04) for the development of e-tourism in England, which will build on this work.