§ Mr. Holland
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether, in view of the similarity in terms of reference and activities between the British Tourist Authority and the Scottish Tourist Board, economies in public expenditure could be effected by eliminating the Scottish Tourist Board.
§ Mr. Gregor MacKenzie
The Scottish Tourist Board acts throughout Great Britain in promoting tourism in Scotland, and has responsibilities for improving tourist accommodation and facilities in its area. The British Tourist Authority, whose functions are a matter for my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Trade, is primarily concerned with encouraging people overseas to visit Great Britain as a whole. The Scottish Tourist Board therefore plays a distinctive and vital role in Scotland and I have no intention of winding it up.