Results 121–140 of 893 for speaker:Mr John Lee

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Tourism (17 Jan 1989)

Mr John Lee: I know of the continuing interest that my hon. Friend takes in cathedrals. Of course, our cathedrals and churches are major national tourism assets. Indeed, I recently visited Winchester cathedral and saw what has been achieved there and its potential. Once again I make the point that that is just the sort of issue that I can consider with ministerial colleagues in our tourism ministerial...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Tourism (17 Jan 1989)

Mr John Lee: That is an interesting point. I shall put that proposition forward to my ministerial colleague in charge of tourism in Northern Ireland, my hon. Friend the Member for Gosport (Mr. Viggers), to see if something can be worked out.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Tourism (17 Jan 1989)

Mr John Lee: Figures are not yet available for the whole of 1988. Provisional estimates show that in the first 10 months of 1988 there were 13·8 million visits to Great Britain by overseas residents. During that period overseas residents spent some £5·4 billion on goods and services in Great Britain.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Tourism (17 Jan 1989)

Mr John Lee: American visitors to this country are extremely important, but in normal years for every one American who comes here to visit about four visitors come from other countries. The air disaster at Lockerbie is bound to create a degree of apprehension, so the industry will have to work harder at selling itself in the United States. I must make the point, however, that the current fatality rate for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Tourism (17 Jan 1989)

Mr John Lee: As the hon. Gentleman knows, I know the Settle-Carlisle area well. With my hon. Friend the Minister of State at the Department of Transport I attended a presentation last week by the English tourist board and the consultants on the work that they have done. My hon. Friend the Minister of State is considering the future of the Settle-Carlisle line at this moment.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Tourism (17 Jan 1989)

Mr John Lee: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. There is a tremendous amount of investment in the industry at present—about £2 billion worth of new construction is under way, and a goodly proportion of that is increasingly geared to all-weather leisure facilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Tourism (17 Jan 1989)

Mr John Lee: The hon. Gentleman is a sufficiently experienced parliamentarian to know that that question should be directed to my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Tourism (17 Jan 1989)

Mr John Lee: No Question Time would be complete without my hon. Friend raising the subject of tourist information centres. I know how dear this subject is to him and how important he believes it to be. We have about 560 tourist information centres. They are of increasing quality and are extremely important to our tourist industry. I take the point about Dover; I have had a number of representations...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Tourism (Casinos) (17 Jan 1989)

Mr John Lee: The review team has consulted with a large number of people involved in all aspects of the tourism industry, including casinos.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Tourism (Casinos) (17 Jan 1989)

Mr John Lee: I acknowledge the contribution that casinos make, although their importance can be exaggerated. I am conscious of my hon. Friend's constituency interest in the matter. When the review team received consultations and representations, no particular issues were raised by companies with casino interests, though obviously Home Office Ministers will receive and hear the comments of my hon. Friend...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Tourism (Casinos) (17 Jan 1989)

Mr John Lee: I hear the comments that my hon. Friend makes about the review. I am satisfied that the review team had adequate opportunity to hear a whole range of representations from large and small firms—including casinos.

Employees (Vetting) (22 Dec 1988)

Mr John Lee: First, Madam Deputy Speaker, I wish you a very happy Christmas, even though I do not give you mistletoe as the hon. and learned Member for Leicester, West (Mr. Janner) did. Nevertheless, my good wishes are sincere. I am grateful to the hon. and learned Member for raising this matter. It is an important issue on which there has been a good deal of misunderstanding of late. I welcome the...

Employees (Vetting) (22 Dec 1988)

Mr John Lee: I shall come to that. I ask my hon. Friend to bear with me. My previous remarks do not mean that there are no restrictions on the activities of organisations such as the Economic League. Those who provide this sort of information bear a heavy responsibility to ensure that it is accurate. Equally, employers who use such information should satisfy themselves of its quality and accuracy,...

Employees (Vetting) (22 Dec 1988)

Mr John Lee: With great respect, that is not a question that I have the immediate knowledge to answer. I shall see that an answer is obtained, and I shall write to my hon. Friend. New legislation on these matters is neither necessary nor desirable. Another suggestion is that the activities of supplies of information should be regulated. Legislation would be necessary to make it an offence for an...

Employees (Vetting) (22 Dec 1988)

Mr John Lee: I understood that a letter setting out that possibility had been conveyed to the hon. and learned Gentleman, and a copy was sent to me. I shall show it to the hon. and learned Gentleman after the debate. I have already made it clear that this is a matter not for me but for my Home Office colleagues. Have Opposition Members really thought about the practicalities of the suggestion? It is...

Employees (Vetting) (22 Dec 1988)

Mr John Lee: I shall consider the hon. and learned Gentleman's request and convey our conclusions to him in due course. I want to conclude by saying something about the state of industrial relations, as the debate concerns the effects on industrial relations of employers' recruitment practice. Over the nine years that have elapsed since the Government came to power, the number of days lost through...

Tourism (22 Dec 1988)

Mr John Lee: At the outset of this debate on tourism, we should place on record our sympathies for those tourists to Britain who died in the appalling air tragedy in Scotland yesterday. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for York (Mr. Gregory) for introducing this debate and for all that he has done over the years to raise the profile of tourism nationally and in the House. I thank my hon. Friend the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Tourist Information Centres (6 Dec 1988)

Mr John Lee: Currently, out of a total of 562 tourist information centres in England, 394, or 70 per cent., are open during the winter months.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Tourist Information Centres (6 Dec 1988)

Mr John Lee: My hon. Friend is right. We should like more tourist information centres to stay open for longer periods. The majority of those that are open only during the summer are in fairly remote areas. I gather that the Tower of London TIC is located in a temporary hut that is unsuitable for winter use, but discussions on that are taking place between the London tourist board and the London Docklands...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Tourist Information Centres (6 Dec 1988)

Mr John Lee: I certainly would not say that the success is due solely to tourist boards, although they have had a considerable influence. As the hon. Gentleman knows, the money for the tourist information centre in Southport, which I opened about a fortnight ago, came from the local authority, English Heritage and the tourist board. It is a partnership.


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