§ Mr. Speller
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his answer of 7 November,Official Report, column 546, when he assumed responsibility for restaurants and the catering aspects of tourism.
§ Mr. Curry
My right hon. Friend assumed responsibility within Government for the interests of the food industry which includes the non-residential catering sector on 24 July 1989, on his appointment as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Employment remains responsible for hotels and tourism, including the British Tourist Authority and the English Tourist Board.