HC Deb 10 July 1941 vol 373 cc299-300
22. Dr. Little

asked the Home Secretary whether, as there is much dissatisfaction and delay caused by the lack of knowledge of the regulations bearing on the grant of travel permits to Northern Ireland residents in Britain to enable them to visit their homes and friends in Ulster, he will codify and issue these regulations for the information and guidance of all concerned?

Mr. H. Morrison

The Regulations governing travel between this country and Northern Ireland and Eire respectively have been codified in a pamphlet entitled "Travel between Great Britain and Ireland," copies of which are issued by the Passport and Permit Office to all persons who apply for information regarding travel between the two countries. I am sending my hon. Friend a copy.

Dr. Little

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, when a general answer has been given, in a day or two certain restrictions are issued which render a great deal of it nugatory, so that people do not know exactly where they are; and also that I have received letters asking me to explain why this is done, and I cannot explain it?

Mr. Morrison

My hon. Friend will now be able to refer his correspondents to this admirable pamphlet which we are about to publish.

Lieut.-Colonel Sir William Allen

Will the Home Secretary take steps to see that all these requests for permits are treated alike; and is he aware that frequently it is a matter of influence whether permits are given or not?

Mr. Morrison

Certainly, that would be my desire, and I would not wish people to be improperly treated.