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Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 10:20 am on 29th November 1996.

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Photo of Mrs Virginia Bottomley Mrs Virginia Bottomley Secretary of State for National Heritage 10:20 am, 29th November 1996

As I understand it, Geoffrey Thompson said that he was pleased that any political party should say that tourism is important—and any company would be happy for its key facility to appear on the front of a pamphlet. But what Mr. Thompson minds about is the minimum wage and the social chapter, which would have appalling effects on his business, as they would on almost every other industry.

What the Labour party does not understand is that if people can get first jobs they can trade up and get other jobs. Unemployment is lower in Britain than in other countries in Europe precisely because we have resisted such policies. The Labour party will not listen, and that outrages the tourism and hospitality industries.