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Tourist Trade

Volume 414: debated on Monday 22 October 1945

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asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether he is aware that 80,000 Americans are waiting to visit Great Britain; and whether schemes are under consideration to expedite plans by which the tourist trade of this country can be revived as soon as possible.

Without necessarily accepting the figure mentioned I wish to make it clear that it is the policy of the Government to encourage visitors to this country whether for business or for pleasure purposes as soon as conditions permit. Before, however, any full flow of visitors will be possible there are clearly problems arising directly out of the war requiring solution. Among these are lack of adequate transport facilities, re-requisitioning and the shortage of manpower wherewith to rehabilitate our hotels and the catering industry. These problems are now receiving consideration by the Government.