§ 75. Mr. Teeling
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what funds have been allotted for the development of tourism in Malta; and how they are being spent.
£545,000, under the five-year Development Plan. This will be spent on advertising, on beach development and on providing services on sites chosen for building private hotels. Funds are also available under the Malta Government's Aids to Industries scheme for grants and loans towards the capital cost of hotels and a Government Tourist Board has also been set up, at an annual cost of about £90,000, to encourage the development of Malta as a tourist resort.
§ 76. Mr. Teeling
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that an application to the Government of Malta to build a tourist village for accommodating the large number of pilgrims due to visit Malta this summer for the nineteen hundredth anniversary 12W of St. Paul's shipwreck in Malta, has been refused, as well as all funds necessary for supplying electricity, water and drainage; and what is the reason for such refusal.
This application, under which assistance was sought for the building of a holiday village not designed solely for this year's pilgrims, was refused because it did not conform to the pattern of tourist development which the Government of Malta have been advised is most likely to achieve successful results.