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Volume 24: debated on Wednesday 26 May 1982

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asked the Minister for Trade if he will review the present structure of overseas tourism promotion to Great Britain, as between the British Tourist Authority, the English, Scottish and Wales tourist boards, English, Scottish and Welsh local authorities and bodies such as the Highlands and Islands Development Board, with a view to establishing any areas of conflict and duplication; and if he will make a statement.

Under the Development of Tourism Act 1969, responsibility for the overseas promotion of tourism to Great Britain rests with the British Tourist Authority. The authority takes account of the views of both the national boards and other bodies with tourism interests. I am concerned that there should be no unnecessary duplication, and I am therefore reviewing the matter, in consultation with colleagues who have responsibility for tourism in Scotland and in Wales.