Results 161–180 of 893 for speaker:Mr John Lee

Prayers: Tourism (17 Jun 1988)

Mr John Lee: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right, but how does what he is saying square with what the hon. Member for Huddersfield (Mr. Sheerman) said when he referred to an industry in crisis?

Prayers: Tourism (17 Jun 1988)

Mr John Lee: I have the company of a tremendous number of my parliamentary colleagues this morning, whereas the hon. Gentleman has a thin degree of support.

Prayers: Tourism (17 Jun 1988)

Mr John Lee: I can only hope that the hon. Gentleman's hon. Friends are out supporting tourism in the regions.

Prayers: Tourism (17 Jun 1988)

Mr John Lee: Is the hon. Gentlenman saying that employment in tourism over the past few years has not shown a very steady increase?

Prayers: Tourism (17 Jun 1988)

Mr John Lee: I am getting fed up with the hon. Gentleman's miserable speech. He says "we" but means himself and the hon. Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Banks), who is the only other Labour Member who has turned up to support the debate. "Tourism '88" is the equivalent of the annual report of the British home tourist industry. It is nothing to do with tourism overseas. If the hon. Gentleman wants to...

Prayers: Tourism (17 Jun 1988)

Mr John Lee: The document is not about holidays abroad. It is the equivalent of the annual report of the British home tourist industry. Can the hon. Gentleman not see that?

Prayers: Tourism (17 Jun 1988)

Mr John Lee: I thought that the hon. Gentleman was saying that the industry was in crisis.

Prayers: Tourism (17 Jun 1988)

Mr John Lee: Twelve months have passed since we last had a major parliamentary debate on tourism, which period coincides with my first year as Minister with responsibility for tourism. I have had an exciting and happy year, having had responsibility for one of our most vibrant and buoyant industries. I believe that, collectively, we have substantially raised the profile of the tourism and hospitality...

Prayers: Tourism (17 Jun 1988)

Mr John Lee: As a Minister at the Ministry of Defence I was responsible for the Meteorological Office. I no longer hold that direct responsibility. No doubt my hon. Friend will make his points about the weather forecasts in the Devon and South-west region. I want to talk about the opportunities that exist in the industry for young people, for those returning to the labour market and for those who are...

Prayers: Tourism (17 Jun 1988)

Mr John Lee: My hon. Friend, from his local knowledge, cites a superb example of how a substantial Government contribution, coupled with a substantial private-sector input, can produce something of major regional and national importance. He is absolutely right. The CBI is supportive of industrial tourism and, in conjunction with this Department and the ETB, will be jointly promoting a conference on...

Prayers: Tourism (17 Jun 1988)

Mr John Lee: That is a fair point and an interesting one. It is also the first time that it has been raised with me in the context of tourism and I shall certainly think about it. The BTA has recently opened an office in Japan which I am sure will be staffed by Japanese speakers. I take my hon. Friend's point about employing in the tourism industry people with knowledge of a foreign language.

Prayers: Tourism (17 Jun 1988)

Mr John Lee: I shall deal with that later in my speech. I was particularly pleased to see that the Hotel and Catering training board is seeking a substantial number of places in the employment training scheme—some 28,500 places. My Department and the Training Commission will do all that they can to ensure that firms in the industry become involved. It is particularly important that employment training...

Prayers: Tourism (17 Jun 1988)

Mr John Lee: With the greatest respect, that is the sort of generalisation that does our growing tourism industry so much harm. Of course there are some bad employers, as there are in any industry, and one accepts that there are a number of low-paid jobs, but there are a tremendous number of jobs that pay a good wage, and increasingly there are significant opportunities for career advancement and...

Prayers: Tourism (17 Jun 1988)

Mr John Lee: Certainly I intend to say that increasingly in the coming months. National initiatives such as the catering careers open day are a step in the right direction. The sad thing is that it has taken until this year to produce that major initiative. Given that in the past the industry has prided itself on selling its product to the customer so well, it has not sold itself successfully to young...

Prayers: Tourism (17 Jun 1988)

Mr John Lee: I have a difficult enough job to get the Department of Transport to approve the white-on-brown signs in English, and I believe that it would be a nightmare to try to get it to approve signs in Japanese. However, I take note of my hon. Friend's suggestion. Although the dollar exchange rates need to be carefully monitored, the wide base of the industry gives us a considerable degree of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: East Midlands (7 Jun 1988)

Mr John Lee: In April 1988, seasonally adjusted adult unemployment in the east midlands region was 154,200, compared with 189,300 in April 1987, a fall of nearly 19 per cent. over the last 12 months.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: East Midlands (7 Jun 1988)

Mr John Lee: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. High rates do cost jobs. The figures that I have just given show the success of the Government's economic policy in getting unemployment down. In my hon. Friend's constituency unemployment has fallen by more than 700 or 13·7 per cent. during the past 12 months.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: East Midlands (7 Jun 1988)

Mr John Lee: Obviously, one sympathises with any redundancy, but even in the textile industry there are skill shortages. As for Government support, something like £100 million of regional assistance has gone into the region since May 1979. We have inner city task forces in Nottingham and in Leicester, and the full endeavours of the Department of Employment and the Manpower Services Commission, or the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: East Midlands (7 Jun 1988)

Mr John Lee: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. However, he got it slightly wrong in that, if I am correct, it was a £1 billion order rather than a £1 million order. I follow the fortunes of Rolls-Royce very carefully because it has a major plant in my constituency at Barnoldswick which is doing very well. Of course, the very important plant at Derby is in my hon. Friend's constituency.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: East Midlands (7 Jun 1988)

Mr John Lee: With the greatest respect, there is nothing I can add to the comment I made in reply to the question from the hon. Member for Leicester, East (Mr. Vaz).


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