HC Deb 20 December 1954 vol 535 cc2433-4
49. Mr. G. Jeger

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many applications for visas to visit Britain he has received from Spanish nationals during the past year.

Mr. Turton

Eight thousand five hundred during the 12 months ended 30th November last.

Mr. Jeger

In view of the fact that many more visitors from Britain go to Spain than come from Spain to Britain, would it not be a good thing to discourage British visitors from going to Spain until there are reciprocal arrangements and Spaniards are spending their money in this country just as British visitors are spending theirs in Spain?

Mr. Turton

I do not think that would be a good idea. We want to encourage visits by members of all countries.

Sir T. Moore

Can my hon. Friend assure applicants that they will receive the same kindly welcome in Britain as British visitors receive in Spain?

Mr. Turton

Yes. There is also this difference. The cost of a visa here is 22s. 6d., whereas the cost of a Spanish one is 27s.

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