HC Deb 21 September 1948 vol 456 cc695-6
47. Mr. Frederic Harris

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that inconvenience is caused to British visitors to East Africa owing to the fact that the £5 sterling allowance they are permitted to carry cannot be exchanged in that country for incidentals they require on arrival there, either en route or for a visit; and whether he will make arrangements for such exchange to be permissible.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

No, Sir. The £5 sterling notes which a traveller is permitted to take with him on leaving this country are for use on board a British ship or on return to the United Kingdom. They may not be spent or exchanged for other currencies abroad. A traveller to, or through, those parts of East Africa which are within the Scheduled Territories should provide himself with sterling travellers' cheques or letters of credit, valid in those territories, which may be obtained through any bank without limit. East African Currency Board notes, which are the local currency, may also be taken up to a limit of £10 per person.