§ Nick Harvey
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department has taken to establish a strategic national body for the English tourism industry. 
§ Dr. Howells
Since the announcement in October last year of plans for reform of the Government's support for tourism, the chairs of the English Tourism Council and British Tourist Authority have led a restructuring of the strengths and skills of both organisations into a lead national tourism body to be launched in April 2003. A policy group comprising representatives of all sectors of the tourism industry is overseeing their progress. The 95W new body is designed to provide a more efficient service to promote inbound tourism to Britain and to market tourism in England to the domestic market.