HC Deb 25 November 1948 vol 458 cc1411-2
57. Sir Hugh Lucas-Tooth

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer in what circumstances permission is given for the transfer of funds for charitable purposes abroad.

Mr. Jay

The remittance of money for charitable purposes abroad is normally allowed, subject to certain limits, where the application is made by a recognised charitable institution. Applications by other organisations to make remittances for charitable purposes are considered on their merits. Applications by individuals to make such remittances are not normally allowed, but permission may be given, on compassionate grounds, for gifts between close relatives in cases of genuine hardship.

Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

On how many occasions has permission actually been given?

Mr. Jay

I could not say, without notice.

Mr. Godfrey Nicholson

Will the hon. Gentleman publish the list of applications which have been granted to organisations other than private individuals, and have applications been granted for payments to foreign newspapers, particularly in France?

Mr. Jay

If the hon. Member will put that question on the Paper, we will look at it?

Mr. Joynson-Hicks

Who is responsible for the definition of "charitable institution," as applied by the Economic Secretary to the Treasury in connection with this Question?

Mr. Jay

The Treasury naturally take responsibility in these cases.