HC Deb 20 April 1939 vol 346 cc477-8
10. Mr. Robert Gibson

asked the Minister of Labour what recent steps have been taken by his Department to induce the spreading out of holidays among industrial people; and whether he will bring to the notice of local authorities, industrialists, and officials of organisations in the South the advantages of the long hours of daylight during May and June in Scotland with a view to attracting visitors from the South?

Mr. E. Brown

As I stated in my reply to the hon. and learned Member for East Cardiff (Mr. T. Morris) on 29th November, the spreading of holidays is very largely a matter for industrial organisations and municipal authorities to settle in the light of local circumstances. I may mention also that my Department is co-operating with a representative Holidays Committee under the chairmanship of Lord Amulree which has been formed under the auspices of the Industrial Welfare Society and that one of the sub-committees of this committee is concerned with the spread-over of holidays. With regard to the second part of the question, in so far as the attractions of Scotland as a holiday area are not already known to persons in the South, I would suggest that this is a matter deserving of the attention of the authorities in the holiday resorts in Scotland.

Mr. Gibson

Is anything being done to point out that the earlier months of the year are very appropriate for holidays, and that unless something is done to spread holidays over the earlier months there will be serious congestion during what are called the holiday months?

Mr. Brown

The hon. Member is pointing out what was pointed out at great length by the Amulree Committee, as a result of which this committee has been formed to help.