To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what steps he is taking to promote job opportunities in tourism in the north-west.
My Department works with other Government Departments and the tourist boards to promote the many and varied job opportunities that exist in tourism, and to create the framework which will encourage new jobs. Jobs in tourism are growing at the rate of nearly 1,000 a week all over the country. In the north-west specifically there was a 7 per cent. increase in hotel and catering jobs in the 12 months to September 1987.