HC Deb 01 February 1971 vol 810 c1231
14. Mr. Gower

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what changes he proposes in framing his future new road construction programmes to facilitate the further growth of the tourist industry in the Principality.

Mr. Peter Thomas

The needs of tourism are already taken into account in the road programme and I shall continue to bear these needs in mind when I add further schemes to the programme.

Mr. Gower

While in the past emphasis has quite properly usually been given to industrial need, does not my right hon. and learned Friend feel that now in some parts of the Principality there would seem to be a case for greater emphasis on the needs of tourism as a major growth industry?

Mr. Peter Thomas

I agree that tourism is a major growth industry. It is not easy to distinguish the needs of tourism from those of other industries, but I believe that our strategy of giving first priority to the east-west routes across the south and the north of Wales will help the main tourist centres.