HC Deb 19 June 1972 vol 839 cc1-2
1. Mr. Adley

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will take steps to co-ordinate the marketing programme of the Wales Tourist Board with the programmes of the English and Scottish Tourist Boards.

The Minister of State, Welsh Office (Mr. David Gibson-Watt)

No, Sir. The national tourist boards consult each other but it is for each of them to decide how best to market its own country within the United Kingdom. Overseas marketing is, of course, a matter for the British Tourist Authority.

Mr. Adley

Is my hon. Friend aware that many people consider that the work done by the Wales Tourist Board is to date outstanding? But the registration and classification proposals which the English and Scottish Tourist Boards are putting forward are somewhat different from those which the Wales Tourist Board is at present successfully operating. Can he do his best to see that there is co-ordination because, for the benefit of overseas visitors, it is important that there should be common standards throughout the United Kingdom?

Mr. Gibson-Watt

I am glad to corroborate what my hon. Friend said about the Wales Tourist Board. He is right in saying that there is some difference between the views of the Wales Tourist Board and those of the other boards with regard to registration. Discussions are going on, and my right hon. Friends and I are considering the issues of principle and will announce our conclusions as soon as possible.

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