HC Deb 17 November 1936 vol 317 c1489

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, before any further agreements with foreign countries are negotiated or renewed, he will acquaint himself with the system adopted by Austria, whereby the encouragement of the tourist industry is made an integral part of such agreements by the introduction of a compensative object to the benefit of those countries providing tourists (in the case of Austria an undertaking to import two extra pigs for every tourist that may come from the country in question); and whether, in view of the importance to this country of the tourist industry, he will consider the introduction of a similar principle in British trade agreements?


I am aware of the system employed by Austria. While it is the desire of His Majesty's Government to encourage visits of foreign tourists by such means as are practicable, they are not prepared to adopt the method suggested in the question, which would, I fear, give rise to numerous difficulties.