I regret that estimates of this sort are not available. The Scottish Tourist Board has estimated that in 1976 expenditure by overseas visitors in Scotland amounted to £115 million.
Does the Minister agree that it is high time that he agreed with the Scottish Tourist Board Chief Executive, Philippe Taylor, to the effect that that board should be allowed to advertise the tourist potential of Scotland overseas? Does he not think it is a disgrace that the STB should be forbidden by statute from advertising overseas the tourist interests of the very country that it is supposed to represent?
As many visitors to Scotland come from England and Wales, does my hon. Friend agree that it would damage the Scottish economy if such people had to have a passport to visit a separate Scottish State, particularly if the hon. Member for Perth and East Perthshire (Mr. Crawford) were in charge of a special Scottish Treasury?