HC Deb 02 February 1956 vol 548 c1069
32. Mr. Holt

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money may be sent as a gift in any one year by a relative in the United Kingdom to a relative in Canada.

The Economic Secretary to the Treasury (Sir Edward Boyle)

Cash gifts are only allowed in cases of hardship, the amount depending on the circumstances of each case.

Mr. Holt

Would the Economic Secretary not agree that it would be of great advantage if a small sum were allowed—say £10—for relatives to send to people who have emigrated to Canada? Is not his answer a grave commentary on the party which calls itself the Empire party?

Sir E. Boyle

I can say to the hon. Member that the ban on cash gifts is regularly reviewed when we examine our exchange control restrictions, and some relaxation is high on the list of priorities when circumstances permit.

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