§ 9. Mr. Ian Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many tourists and others visited Northern Ireland in the last period for which figures are available. 
§ Mr. Ingram
During 1996, following the cease-fire breakdown, 1.44 million visitors came to Northern Ireland, including 298,000 pure holiday visitors. Current estimates for 1997 suggest a decline on 1996, with total visits falling to around 1.4 million, and pure holiday visitors to 248,000.