Visiting Wealth On The Nation in the Foreword to Britain 1997: An Official Handbook - the most authoritative annual compendium of life in Britain, compiled and produced by the Central Office of Information.
The book asks:
-- Why do tourists congregate in south-east England when such places as Wigan and Bradford (no relation) have so much to offer?
-- How do you reconcile tourism with conservation of the countryside, ease of movement in the major 'tourist' cities and the needs of local economies?
This year's Handbook covers a diversity of subjects from Tourism to Defence; from Overseas Relations to The Media; from Health and Sport to the Fishing Industry; and from Science and Technology to Justice and the Law.
Comprising almost 600 pages and recognised worldwide as an established work of reference, it draws on a wide range of authoritative sources to provide a factual and up-to-date overview of recent developments in Britain, complete with charts, tables and photographs.