§ Mr. Turton
In 1934, and again in 1949, United Kingdom visa fees charged to Uruguayan nationals were raised as a result of increases in Uruguayan fees. A single fee is now being charged for all types of Uruguayan visas, but since this is considerably higher than the fee for United Kingdom visas, the Uruguayan Government are being asked to reduce their fee accordingly.
Her Majesty's Government asked the Uruguayan Government last year to dispense with the requirement that applicants for Uruguayan visas should attend 2435 in person at a Uruguayan Consulate. The acceptance of this request would have eliminated the use of fingerprinting as a means of identification. The Uruguayan Government have so far been unwilling to dispense with this requirement.
§ Mr. Emrys Hughes
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that persons wishing to visit the United States have to submit their thumb prints, or to submit to an even more elaborate system of fingerprints and thumb prints, and will he take up towards the United States the same attitude as he has adopted towards Uruguay?
§ Mr. Turton
During the past year, no general discussions have taken place on the reciprocal reduction of visa fees, but arrangements have been made for the mutual abolition of visas for travel between the United Kingdom and the following countries: Austria, Finland, Germany, Portugal and the Saar.