HC Deb 12 November 1952 vol 507 cc934-5
22. Mr. Russell

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will open discussions for the mutual abolition of visas between this country and Spain and Portugal.

Mr. Nutting

The Portuguese Government informed us in November, 1951, that they were not prepared to conclude an agreement for the mutual abolition of visas with the United Kingdom on the grounds of the severe currency restrictions for British tourists. Careful consideration will be given, before the opening of next year's tourist season, to the question of re-opening discussions with Portugal and of initiating similar discussions with Spain.

Mr. Russell

Did not conversations take place last year or early this year with Spain, and was no progress made?

Mr. Nutting

No discussions have yet taken place with the Spanish Government.