HC Deb 17 September 2003 vol 410 c783W
Films Mr. Alan Campbell Films

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to promote film tourism in the North East of England. [130390]

Mr. Caborn

Visit Britain is funded by the Department to market Britain overseas and England to the domestic market. Visit Britain's movie map campaign and website have run continuously since 1996. Three sites in the North East where scenes from Elizabeth were filmed are featured: Alnwick Castle and Eamburgh Beach in Northumberland and Durham Cathedral. The map also features Newcastle where the films Purely Belter and The One and Only were set, Hulne Priory in Northumberland which appears in Robin Hood—Prince of Thieves, and Easington where Billy Elliott was filmed. Alnwick Castle, and the wealth of other attractions in its vicinity, is also featured in Visit Britain's 'The Magic of Britain' campaign which promotes Britain through the Harry Potter series of films. Future plans include building on the new Russell Crowe film Master and Commander in Visit Britain's 'SeaBritain 2005' campaign which, among other nautical and maritime locations. will feature HMS Trincomalee in Hartlepool.