Oral Answers to Questions — Hotel Industry (Investment Grants)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th May 1966.

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Photo of Sir John Langford-Holt Sir John Langford-Holt , Shrewsbury 12:00 am, 12th May 1966

asked the President of the Board of Trade why he does not classify the hotel industry as one of those sectors of the economy which can make the greatest contribution to strengthening the balance of payments; and whether he will now include them in the investment incentives scheme.

Photo of Mr Roy Mason Mr Roy Mason , Barnsley

The Government welcome the contribution made by the hotel industry to strengthening the balance of payments. That contribution is, however, much lower than that made by manufacturing industry, and is not a sufficient reason for including it in the investment grants scheme.

Photo of Sir John Langford-Holt Sir John Langford-Holt , Shrewsbury

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there is a deep sense of resentment in the hotel industry that on every occasion it seems to be on the wrong side of any Government action?

Photo of Mr Roy Mason Mr Roy Mason , Barnsley

That is not entirely true, because we have increased initial allowances from 10 per cent. to 30 per cent. for the hotel trades, and in development areas, which have been very much widened, they are eligible for 25 per cent. building grant, and are also indirectly assisted by Government grants which go to the B.T.A. every year to the tune of £2 million.