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Holidays Abroad: EU Countries

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

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Photo of Lorely Burt Lorely Burt Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate his Department has made of the number of British nationals who had a vacation in each other EU member state in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated June 2012

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to respond to your Parliamentary Question to the Minister for the Cabinet Office, asking what estimate his department has made of the number of British nationals who had a vacation in each other EU member state in (a) 2011 and (b) 2012.

I am able to report the estimated number of holiday visits to each of the current member states made by UK nationals who are resident in the UK. These estimates are drawn from the International Passenger Survey. For each country the estimate is the number of relevant visits abroad on which the reported country is the main destination. The estimates for 2011 are as follows. I am unable to report estimates for visits in 2012 as this data is not yet available. The data relating to Quarter 1 2012 will be published on 12 July 2012.

Holiday visits abroadby UK nationals who are resident in the UK—Presented in terms of main country visited on each visit Calendar year 2011
  Thousand
Austria 354
Belgium 663
Bulgaria 198
Czech Republic 195
Cyprus 802
Denmark 58
Estonia 24
Finland 36
France 5893
Germany 670
Greece 1682
Hungary 75
Irish Republic 623
Italy 1481
Latvia 15
Lithuania 8
Luxembourg 5
Malta 363
Netherlands 835
Poland 150
Portugal 1552
Romania 12
Slovakia 10
Slovenia 24
Spain 9070
Sweden 68

May I also draw your attention to my response to Parliamentary Question 82499 of November 2011 in which I provided equivalent estimates for years 2001 to 2010.

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