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Foreign Visitors

Volume 116: debated on Tuesday 12 May 1987

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asked the Paymaster General what estimate he has made as to how many foreign business travellers to the United Kingdom there were in 1986 compared to the number of foreign holiday-makers.

There were about 3·2 million business visits made by overseas residents to the United Kingdom in 1986, compared with about 5·9 million visits by foreign holidaymakers. In addition there were 2·9 million visits to the United Kingdom for the purpose of visiting friends and relatives, and 1·8 million for other purposes including study.