HC Deb 04 February 1998 vol 305 cc711-2W
Mr. Fearn

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received in favour of reductions in VAT on(a) tourist accommodation and (b) other tourism goods and services. [26816]

Dawn Primarolo

I have received a number of representations in favour of a reduced rate of VAT for hotel accommodation but nothing in respect of other tourism goods and services. Given the regular increases in recent years in the number of visitors to the UK and the amount they spend, there is nothing to suggest that the UK tourist industry is suffering because of VAT, but I am continuing to monitor the situation.