HC Deb 17 May 1976 vol 911 cc343-4W
Mr. Adley

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the United Kingdom earnings of invisibles was represented by tourism in 1975; and what was the comparable statistic for the other eight EEC countries.

Mr. Robert Sheldon

Gross earnings from tourism represented 10.2 per cent. of the gross invisible earnings of the United Kingdom in 1975. Comparable figures for those EEC countries where information for 1975 is available are: Belgium and Luxembourg, 6.8 per cent.; West Germany, 12.3 per cent.; Italy, 25.1 per cent.; and the Netherlands, 9.4 per cent.

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