§ 25. Mr. Emrys Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to encourage visitors to come to Scotland in connection with the celebrations for the bi-centenary of Robert Burns.
§ Mr. N. Macpherson
Tourism is a matter for my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade, but my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State keeps in very close touch with him and with the Scottish Tourist Board, which intends to give the celebrations of the bi-centenary all possible publicity.
§ Mr. Hughes
Is the Minister aware that the best possible publicity that he could give to this celebration would be to help us to get a Burns stamp? Is he aware that millions of letters will be going out from Scotland to all parts of the world between now and 25th January next year, and that that would be the best way of drawing attention to it? Will he, as the hon. Member who represents Dumfries, where Burns is buried, impress upon the Secretary of State for Scotland and the reactionary Postmaster-General the need for doing something in this way?
§ Mr. Macpherson
As the hon. Gentleman knows, this is a matter for the Postmaster-General, and no doubt the hon. Gentleman will take steps to impress it upon him himself.
§ Sir T. Moore
Adverting to the Question on the Order Paper, would my hon. Friend also inform these visitors that they will receive a warm welcome from the hon. Member for Ayr, in whose constituency this unique poet was born?