British Visitors (Permits)

Oral Answers to Questions — Germany – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th May 1949.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Skinnard Mr Frederick Skinnard , Harrow East 12:00 am, 25th May 1949

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can yet make any statement as to arrangements for British citizens to make visits to Western Germany other than on business or compassionate grounds.

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

Yes, Sir. I am glad to inform the House that, following negotiations between the three Western Occupying Powers, the British zone of Germany will be open to ordinary visitors from other countries before the end of next month. The other Western Occupying Powers will, no doubt, be making similar announcements. The date, and guidance on how to apply for permits, will be made public as soon as possible.

My right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer has authorised me to say that the three Western zones of Germany will be added to the list of countries in which the basic travel allowance and the £10 car allowance may be used. He hopes, however, that applications for currency will not be made to banks and travel agents until the date on which the zones are to be opened has been finally announced.

Similarly, my right hon. and learned Friend hopes that applications for entry permits will not be made to military permit offices before further details of the scheme are announced.

Photo of Mr Frederick Skinnard Mr Frederick Skinnard , Harrow East

Could the Minister inform the House whether preliminary arrangements have been made for visits by people in this country to occupied zones other than our own?

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

Yes, this applies to the Western zones.

Photo of Mr Robin Turton Mr Robin Turton , Thirsk and Malton

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether there will be any limit to the number of applications which can be considered this Summer?

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

I do not think so, but a further and more detailed statement will be made next week.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Could my hon. Friend say whether any particular arrangements are being made, or have been made, in respect of accommodation?

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

Accommodation will be in German hotels in the normal way.

Photo of Mr Thomas Skeffington-Lodge Mr Thomas Skeffington-Lodge , Bedford

Will reciprocal arrangements be made in the case of Germans who may want to come and see us in this country?

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

Perhaps my hon. Friend will put that question down.