HC Deb 15 February 1934 vol 285 cc2107-8W

asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department what is the latest information available as to the amount spent on tourist publicity outside their own territory by France, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Russia, and Germany; and whether the desirability of additional expenditure by Great Britain for similar purposes will be considered in the near future

Lieut.-Colonel COLVILLE

I have no information which will enable me to reply to the first part of the question so far as it concerns Italy, Czechoslovakia, Russia and Germany. With regard to France, I understand that in the eight years 1925 to 1932 a total of 15.15 million francs was expended abroad for tourist propaganda purposes in yearly disbursements, ranging from a minimum of 1.15 million francs in 1927 to a maximum of 2.63 million francs in 1930. With regard to the second part of the question, I have taken note of the hon. Member's suggestion.