HC Deb 18 June 1958 vol 589 c1102
15. Mr. Teeling

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what new arrangements have been made whereby foreigners, arriving in this country by air, can have it made apparent to them where they can change foreign money before proceeding on their journeys at all hours of the day and night.

Mr. Neave

Temporary notices have been placed in appropriate parts of the passenger buildings to let arriving passengers know what exchange facilities are available, and these, when agreed, will be made permanent. Consultations and experiments are taking place with representatives of the banks at London Airport in order to reach agreement on a standard form of illuminated sign indicating that foreign money can be exchanged at their branches.

Mr. Teeling

Does my hon. Friend realise that, for instance, in Paris, the nearest airport to us, there is just one small place at the customs shed with a notice saying that one can exchange one's money there? It does not say what particular bank does it; but, at London Airport, with the five banks all, so to speak, advertising their wares, there is no sign as to which one is open after three o'clock. May I ask my hon. Friend to do everything possible to have this matter quickly cleared up? I have been asking about it during the last six months.

Mr. Neave

I certainly will. I regret that there has been some delay. At the present time, we have some temporary signs, but we intend to have much fuller signs of a permanent character in the waiting rooms, together with illuminated signs which will tell people the rates of exchange and other details.

Mr. Strauss

Are there, in fact, facilities now for foreigners coming from abroad to exchange their currency into English money at all times of the day and night at London Airport?

Mr. Neave

Yes, I understand that a 24-hour service is maintained at London Airport, but not at other airports.