Foot and Mouth

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 20th July 2001.

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Photo of Boris Johnson Boris Johnson Conservative, Henley

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effects of the foot and mouth outbreak on tourism in Henley; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Culture, Media & Sport

Our best estimate to date is that the loss of revenue in 2001–02 by the English tourist industry is likely to be around £120 million per week averaged over the eight-month tourism season. We have not attempted to apportion this overall estimate to individual regional tourist boards or individual tourism destinations, such as Henley, since the available data do not enable this to be done with a sufficient degree of reliability. We are currently updating this estimate in the light of the latest available data.

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