HC Deb 06 March 1972 vol 832 cc1026-7
34. Mr. Mather

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans exist for the development of tourism in the Seychelles.

Mr. Wood

The Government of the Seychelles issued a White Paper in 1969 which suggested that every encouragement should be given to an orderly growth of tourism, keeping pace with available manpower and materials, conserving the natural beauty of the islands and avoiding excessive inflation and other undesirable social effects.

Mr. Mather

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind the effects of over-development on certain areas of these islands, particularly on the marine ecology of areas such as Port Launay on Mahe Island? Will he undertake, in conjunction with the Government of the Seychelles, that proper study will be given to the question of over-development?

Mr. Wood

The answer to all those questions will be "Yes". I know what a keen interest my hon. Friend takes in these matters.

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