HC Deb 02 May 1967 vol 746 cc295-6
25. Mr. Kenneth Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs whether he will give special financial encouragement to British people to attend the Canadian exhibition Expo 67 in Montreal in 1967–68.

Mr. Bowden

No, Sir. If the Question relates to a possible increase in travel allowances, I have nothing to add to the reply of my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer to a Question on 20th January.—[Vol. 739, c. 139.]

Mr. Lewis

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this great exhibition celebrating the centenary of Canada, which is the subject of a joint Motion on the Order Paper in the names of the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and the Leader of the Liberal Party, will mean nothing if Her Majesty's Government do not allow British people to attend it, which clearly they cannot do on £50?

Mr. Bowden

I am very well aware of the importance of this exhibition and of the high hopes of not only Canada but of the Commonwealth for its success. However, I cannot add to what my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer said in relation to the sterling allowance. There are undoubtedly other ways in which groups of people could arrange to travel rather more cheaply.