Tourism

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 14th March 2007.

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Photo of Iris Robinson Iris Robinson DUP, Strangford 11:30 am, 14th March 2007

I am delighted that Mary Creagh agrees that Northern Ireland is a worthwhile place to visit. I believe that Strangford in my constituency is one of the most beautiful areas of Northern Ireland, but like others, I believe that the Ards peninsula and Killyleagh in particular are not properly marketed for their tourism potential. Does the Minister agree that the draconian planning policy guidelines for the rural areas, which include the coastal areas, are inhibiting the hospitality sector from building hotels and bed-and-breakfast accommodation?