HC Deb 23 November 1939 vol 353 cc1402-3
73. Brigadier-General Spears

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that commercial travellers and representatives of business firms coming to this country to transact business which can be done in a few hours, frequently have to waste anything up to a week before they can obtain an exit visa; and whether, in view of the importance of facilitating the trade of this country, he will consider making some special arrangement which will obviate these, delays to business people?

Sir J. Anderson

I fully appreciate the inconvenience which may be caused to foreign visitors by the precautions required on security grounds in time of war, and I am anxious that such inconvenience shall be reduced to a minimum. I am considering what arrangements can be made to ensure the more expeditious issue of permits to foreign business men who come to this country for short visits.

Brigadier-General Spears

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind the fact that these people sometimes have to spend many days here over business which might be done in a few hours?

Sir J. Anderson

I realise the importance of doing everything possible to facilitate matters.