Tourism Industry (Eastbourne)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 29th November 2010.

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Photo of John Penrose John Penrose Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) 2:30 pm, 29th November 2010

I am on the record from previous oral questions as saying that the potential benefits to the tourism industry are extremely well documented and are widely held to be substantial. I am sure that my hon. Friend will also accept that there are other factors to consider, notably the concerns of many people in northern Scotland and Northern Ireland about the effect on other parts of the economy. Therefore, we want to try to ensure that we are not leaving any part of the UK behind or imposing a decision without consent. I suspect that, with any luck, that will be part of the debate on Friday.