HC Deb 20 December 1933 vol 284 cc1277-8
9. Rear-Admiral SUETER

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps are taken by his Department to encourage the visits of tourist ships to Cyprus so as to bring some extra prosperity to the islanders?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister)

The encouragement of the tourist industry is a definite function of the Trade Development Board in Cyprus and of the Cyprus Trade Commissioner in London. My hon. and gallant Friend may remember that in the Debate on the Colonial Office Vote in July last I commended the Island as a tourist resort. I have since been in communication with the chairmen of the various steamship companies which arrange tours in the Eastern Mediterranean and I am glad to take this opportunity of expressing my appreciation of the sympathetic response which I received. Sir Richmond Palmer, the new Governor of Cyprus, with whom the matter was discussed before his departure for the Colony, is equally alive to the importance of developing the tourist industry and may be relied upon to do what is practicable locally to improve the facilities for tourists and to render their visits, however short, as attractive as possible.


Can my right hon. Friend say what steps he is taking to preserve the most notable architectural remains in Cyprus?


I could not answer that question without notice.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the same thing can be done for Newfoundland?


Nothing about Newfoundland arises on this question.