HC Deb 01 February 1955 vol 536 c872
3. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland to specify his plans, in conjunction with the Scottish Tourist Board, for improved facilities, transport, and amenities to attract to Scotland during the coming year greater numbers of tourists than in previous years.

Mr. Henderson Stewart

The Scottish Tourist Board, who have my right hon. Friend's full support, are continuing their efforts in many fields to expand the tourist industry in Scotland. They are confidant that the number of visitors in 1955 will again show an increase.

Mr. Hughes

Having regard to the close proximity of Northern Europe to Northern Scotland, will the Minister take steps to reduce passport formalities for tourists from Northern Europe to Northern Scotland for short holiday periods?

Mr. Stewart

I am much obliged to the hon. and learned Gentleman for that suggestion. Of course, it will be considered.

Commander Donaldson

Is it not true that in past years, through the efforts of the Scottish Tourist Board, increasing numbers of tourists have come from Norway, Sweden, and particularly Denmark, and will my hon. Friend do everything he can to encourage shipping facilities at the ports of Scotland, particularly on the East Coast, to increase these numbers?

Mr. Stewart

Yes, Sir.

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