Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Tourist Publicity.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will introduce proposals for legislation to amend Section 14 of the Tourist Traffic Act, 1939, to the extent that the Irish Tourist Association be accorded official recognition as an approved organisation for tourist advertising and publicity in its various forms and for the purpose of expenditure thereon that the association be empowered to receive money contributions from the local authorities and from such funds as may be provided by the Oireachtas and paid to the Irish Tourist Board or, alternatively, to the extent that sub-sections (e), (f), (g) and (h) of Section 14 be amended or modified so as to authorise the Irish Tourist Association being an approved body to engage in the activities referred to in these sub-sections and for that purpose that the association be empowered to receive public funds as mentioned herein.

A certificate of approval under Section 2 of the Tourist Traffic (Development) Act, 1931, has been held for many years by the Irish Tourist Association, and the association is entitled to, and does, in fact, receive, financial contributions from local authorities and from the Irish Tourist Board for the purpose of its expenditure on publicity and advertising.