I am not aware that there is any delay in the issue of exit permits to persons who qualify for permits to enable them to travel to Northern Ireland and who follow the advice given to apply for exit permits at least 14 days before the date on which they wish to travel. If, however, my hon. Friend will furnish me with particulars of any cases in which delay has occurred I shall be glad to look into them.
I can assure my right hon. Friend that I have received such complaints. Will he not issue the permits at least a week in advance to enable travellers to make their bookings for the journey?