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Volume 177: debated on Monday 23 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what plans he has to encourage school-leavers into careers in both the public and private sectors of tourist and leisure services.

[holding answer 17 July 1990]: The tourism industry already persuades many people to make careers in it. In the year to December 1989 the number of employees in sectors directly related to tourism increased by 50,000. My right hon. and learned Friend is encouraged by many new initiatives that the industry, with the involvement of the tourist boards, has taken to attract young recruits. Total Government support to the national tourist hoards has increased in the current financial year to further support this important industry.