HC Deb 10 November 2003 vol 413 cc63-4W
15. Mr. Sanders

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press releases her Department has issued since April that relate directly to tourism. [137037]

Mr. Caborn

The Department has issued four press releases since April relating directly to tourism. We have also issued three press releases on the reform of the licensing system, which impacts directly on the tourism and hospitality sector.

Mr. Best

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans her Department has to improve the skills base in the tourism industry. [136653]

Mr. Caborn

The Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism sectors are working with my Department and the Sector Skills Development Agency to set up a Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the industry. The SSC will be industry led and will co-ordinate the sectors approach to reducing the skills gaps and shortages and anticipate future needs. It will provide a one-stop shop for advice on learning and skills and sign post employers to other sources of help. The SSC will investigate the needs of both large and small employers and develop tailored support to help them achieve business objectives.

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