HC Deb 23 May 1950 vol 475 c1844
51. Mr. Edelman

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether in view of the recommendation of the Council of the Organisation for European Economic Cooperation that member countries should make the allowance available to tourists equivalent to 150 dollars he will amend the tourist rate for France to £53 to correspond with the current exchange rate.

Sir S. Cripps

No, Sir. When accepting this recommendation we made it clear and it was accepted that we regarded the existing £50 allowance as being broadly equivalent to 150 dollars.

Mr. Edelman

While British travellers to France this year will not entirely share my right hon. and learned Friend's view, is it not a case that France has a trade deficit with the Commonwealth as a whole, and that therefore it would be in the interest of all to raise the present tourist allowance for France?

Sir S. Cripps

It would not be to the interest of general agreement in O.E.E.C, who do not like preferential treatment for different countries.

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