HC Deb 22 November 1937 vol 329 c829
8. Mr. Creech Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Passport Office last year paid its way; and whether, with a view to promoting greater friendship amongst the peoples of Europe through travel, he will consider some reduction in the present passport charges?

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Eden)

Yes, Sir. The receipts from passport fees are considerably in excess of the cost of the Passport Office. The question of a reduction of these fees has been carefully considered on more than one occasion, but I regret that it is not possible, at the present time, to contemplate the loss of revenue that would be involved.

Mr. Creech Jones

Will the right hon. Gentleman give serious attention to the suggestion in view of the hardship which exists, as large numbers of working people are affected?

Mr. Eden

I am aware of that aspect of the question, but the hon. Gentleman is aware that there are, unfortunately, other aspects to be considered, also.

Mr. Shinwell

Could not some reduction be made for holiday periods: say, for three months in the summer?

Mr. Eden

I am not sure that that is practicable.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Would not the increase in the number issued! which would result from a reduction in charges, perhaps pay for the loss on the individual passport?