HC Deb 08 July 1915 vol 73 cc524-5
29. Mr. FELL

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his attention has been called to the fact that gold in the form of sovereigns and half-sovereigns is continually being taken out of this country by travellers crossing to France and Holland and going also to Norway and Sweden and Denmark; if any regulation forbidding this practice has been made under the Defence of the Realm Act; and why passengers are not searched prior to leaving the country and paper given to them in exchange for any gold found on them?


Any evidence of gold movements of the kind indicated is being carefully watched, and I am considering what steps can be taken, but the measure suggested by the hon. Member does not seem to be one which on present information it would be desirable to adopt.


Would there be any other way possible to save the export of gold?


That is just what is being considered. One does not want to do anything that will have an unfortunate effect.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a large number of sovereigns and half-sovereigns are taken by drafts of soldiers going to France?