HC Deb 15 May 1985 vol 79 c141W
27. Mr. Craigen

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the future of tourism in Scotland, indicating the number of people now employed full-time and part-time in the tourist industry in Scotland.

Mr. John MacKay

The Scottish tourist industry has a sound base on which to build and offers good prospects for growth, with sales reaching record levels in 1983 and 1984. Tourism in Scotland is estimated to support, both directly and indirectly, approaching 100,000 full-time and part-time jobs, although due to the definitional problems this figure is inevitably subject to considerable uncertainty.