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Volume 35: debated on Thursday 27 January 1983

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce further fiscal measures aimed at stimulating the development of tourism in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

A number of Budget representations on the tourist industry have been received, which are being considered in the normal way.

As the tourist industry provides employment for more than 1·5 million people and in 1981 attracted more than 11 million visitors to Britain, who spent £3 billion in valuable overseas currency, does my hon. Friend agree that there is an extremely strong case in the forthcoming Budget to increase the level of industrial building allowances for hotels to 50 per cent. and to make additional funds available for section 4 aid for approved tourist projects?

Those are among some of the representations that we have received and are being examined in the normal way.