HC Deb 13 June 1950 vol 476 c31
59. Mr. Donner

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that British tourists travelling to the Mediterranean sea-board by rail can purchase their tickets for sterling in London, whereas those travelling by road are obliged to expend a not unsubstantial part of their £50 allowance on petrol; and whether he will remove this unfair discrimination by granting an increase in the basic allowance of £50 to the latter.

Sir S. Cripps

I am considering the matter and hope to make an announcement in a few days.

Mr. Donner

Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman bear in mind that he has hitherto discriminated rather heavily against the motorist who preferred to cross the Channel rather than the North Sea in view of the fact that the Anglo-French balance of trade is certainly not five times worse than the Anglo-Scandinavian?

Mr. Keeling

Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that anyone can buy in sterling hundreds of pounds worth of foreign railway tickets, sleeping berths, and even meal tickets, and is not the limitation of the motorist to £10 a breach of the principle of fair or equal shares for all?

Sir S. Cripps

No, Sir, certainly not.