HC Deb 23 January 1941 vol 368 cc294-5
43. Sir H. Williams

asked the Home Secretary whether he will state the reasons for refusing an exit permit to Mr. Wilfrid Lawson to enable him to be absent from this country in order to undertake an engagement at Hollywood, the proceeds of which would have increased the dollar credits of this country by approximately 16,000 dollars?

Mr. H. Morrison

An exit permit to enable Mr. Wilfrid Lawson to travel to the United States to fulfil an engagement at Hollywood was refused, as his application could not be regarded as falling within any of the categories in respect of which an exemption can be made to the general rule that British subjects between the ages of 16 and 60 are not allowed to leave the United Kingdom.

Sir H. 'Williams

Is it not advisable to allow people to work abroad so that the nation can obtain foreign credit?

Mr. Morrison

I think it would be a [...]ittle dangerous in doctrine for me to lay down a principle that people who go to the United States and earn money shall have almost an automatic right, because I do not think that I should do that. I should be open to criticism from another angle.