Visit Britain in "ongoing dialogue" with government following leaked quango report

A leaked government report has named English Heritage, Visit Britain and Visit England among hundreds of government quangos with uncertain futures.

Visit Britain in "on-going dialogue" with government following leaked quango report
Visit Britain in "on-going dialogue" with government following leaked quango report

The leaked list, revealed on the BBC’s Politics Show, names 180 non-governmental departments as set for abolition, with 124 being considered for mergers.

Organisations associated with the UK event and travel industries include the Royal Botantical Gardens in Kew and Historic Royal Palaces, both of which, along with Visit Britain and Visit England, have their futures labelled as ‘still to be decided’.

In April this year, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport reported that Visit Britain and Visit England were being considered for a merger as part of a the government’s cost cutting plans.

Visit Britain’s head of global corporate communication Paul Eastham said that the leak reveals nothing new in regards to his organisation.

"The government announced its plans a while ago and we are still expecting the decision by 20 October. That has not changed and we are still in an ongoing dialogue with the government."

The Olympic Delivery Authority, which communicates with venues and suppliers about infrastructure, will remain unaffected.

The Cabinet Office has ordered an enquiry into the leak.

Royal Botanical Gardens declined to comment on the situation until 20 October.

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