§ Mr. Kirkwood
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is satisfied that the allocation of the funds from central Government made by the Scottish tourist board adequately takes account of the needs of the local area tourist boards; and if he will make a statement outlining the increases he proposes in 1988's allocation to assist the development work being undertaken by the area tourist boards.
§ Mr. Lang
It is for the three partners in area tourist boards—the trade, local authorities, and the Scottish tourist board or the Highlands and Islands development hoard in its area—to consider the balance of funding. The trade is expected to make a substantial contribution to the operation of area tourist boards whose main function is servicing visitors to their areas. Government assistance can only be supplementary. It is for the relevant board to determine how much it allocates to area tourist hoards in relation to its priorities and the resources available.