HC Deb 17 March 1955 vol 538 cc1445-6
40. Mr. Langford-Holt

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what authority he prevents British citizens who do not possess passports from leaving or re-entering the United Kingdom.

Major Lloyd-George

British subjects who establish their national status are not prevented from leaving or re-entering the United Kingdom. Under the Aliens Order, 1953, however, a British subject may be required by an immigration officer to produce either a valid passport or some other document satisfactorily establishing his identity and nationality.

Mr. Langford-Holt

Is my right hon. and gallant Friend aware that this Question distinguishes itself in so far as it seeks information, and that at least one hon. Member is a little bewildered why my right hon. and gallant Friend should be granting permission or otherwise for people to leave the country on trips without passports?

Major Lloyd-George

That is one of the difficulties about the scheme with which I have dealt in replying to previous Questions. The difficulty is to get a method by which something which is equivalent to a passport can be used. That is what we are examining at the present moment. Anybody can go on a day trip if he has a passport, but there are difficulties attaching to that. Our endeavour at the moment is to find some method which will avoid that trouble.