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Volume 201: debated on Tuesday 14 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people were employed in tourism in (a) 1981 and (b) 1991.

There were an estimated 1·2 million employees in employment in tourism-related industries in June 1981, and 1·4 million in June 1991. In addition, there were around 163,000 self employed in tourism-related industries in 1981 and around 190,000 in 1991.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what plans he has to visit Southport to discuss the tourist industry.

My right hon. and learned Friend has no such plans. However, my noble Friend Viscount Ullswater, who has ministerial responsibility for tourism matters, hopes to be visiting Southport next March.