HC Deb 07 April 1964 vol 692 cc781-2
12. Dr. Bray

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information is given to emigrants to South Africa about restrictions on the repatriation of their capital should they wish to return to this country.

Mr. M. Macmillan

As a matter of routine, none; naturally we answer all inquiries to the best of our ability.

Dr. Bray

Is the Minister aware that many British citizens who have exported their capital with them to South Africa have found that they cannot stand the society out there, and that when they discover that there are restrictions upon the repatriation of their capital they feel that the British Government have let them down? Will he take steps to see that emigrants are warned before they go?

Mr. Macmillan

I do not think that it is possible for the Government to send out or broadcast warnings about restrictions imposed not only by South Africa but by practically every country, inside and outside the Commonwealth, on the remittance of funds back to the United Kingdom. We answer every query that comes to us to the best of our ability, and it is the normal practice of people seeking to go abroad to obtain advice from their banks and other institutions. It is not a responsibility of the Government to search out these people and volunteer advice.

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