HC Deb 01 May 1929 vol 227 cc1528-9

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, in view of the recognition and financial assistance which the Government is extending to the Travel Association of Great Britain and Ireland, whether he will facilitate the work of this association in attracting overseas tourists to these islands by simplifying passport regulations?


As regards British passports, with the issue of which alone the various British authorities are concerned, the formalities have been simplified to the greatest extent possible. As regards the passports of the nationals of foreign States, the matter rests with their Governments. The requirement that any person landing in the United Kingdom shall be in possession of a passport or some other document establishing nationality and identity arises out of the Aliens Order, 1920, as to which I would refer the hon. Member to the Secretary of State for the Home Department.


Will the right hon. Gentleman use his influence with the Secretary of State for the Home Department to endeavour to relax these regulations for passports after the 30th instant?


I do not know whether I have any influence with my right hon. Friend, but I am quite sure that he is looking after the interests of this country in the matter.