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Tourism (Scotland)

Oral Answers to Questions — Board of Trade – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th March 1968.

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Mr. Edward M. Taylor:

asked the President of the Board of Trade what further steps he is now taking to promote tourist development in Scotland.

Photo of Mr Joseph Mallalieu Mr Joseph Mallalieu , Huddersfield East

The Government's rôle in promoting the development of tourism is still under review, and a statement will be made in due course.

Mr. Taylor:

In view of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's exhortations to take home holidays and Scotland's wonderful tourist potential, will the Minister ensure that a more adequate grant is given to the Scottish Tourist Board in place of the present ludicrously low grant given by the Secretary of State for Scotland?

Photo of Mr Joseph Mallalieu Mr Joseph Mallalieu , Huddersfield East

I accept everything that the hon. Gentleman said about the attractions of Scotland. Where promotion is concerned, Scotland is doing pretty well.

Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Fife West

Will my hon. Friend say what the trend in Scottish tourism was last year? Was there an increase as compared with the previous year?

Photo of Mr Joseph Mallalieu Mr Joseph Mallalieu , Huddersfield East

There was a substantial increase, and I hope that it will continue this year.

Photo of Mr David Steel Mr David Steel , Roxburghshire, Selkirkshire and Peeblesshire

Apart from going into questions of giving extra grants to the tourist industry in Scotland, does the hon. Gentleman recognise that a start should be made by removing the Selective Employment Tax from the tourist industry there?

Photo of Mr Joseph Mallalieu Mr Joseph Mallalieu , Huddersfield East

That question might be addressed to my right hon Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Photo of Sir Keith Joseph Sir Keith Joseph , Leeds North East

Will the Minister tell us when we can hope for the statement? Will he assure us that there will be a comprehensive statement on tourism, taking in the many points made from both sides of the House?

Photo of Mr Joseph Mallalieu Mr Joseph Mallalieu , Huddersfield East

The statement, when it comes, will, I hope, be comprehensive. I still cannot give a date. It is a long and complicated matter, and we want to get it right. We want to do it as soon as possible.

Photo of Dr Winnie Ewing Dr Winnie Ewing , Hamilton

Will the Minister consider learning the lesson of Eire, where tourism has been developed into a major asset, whereas in Scotland it remains a largely undeveloped asset?

Photo of Mr Joseph Mallalieu Mr Joseph Mallalieu , Huddersfield East

There is still undeveloped potential in these islands. We are trying to develop them as fast as we can.