HC Deb 25 June 1968 vol 767 cc224-5
17. Sir J. Langford-Holt

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in view of the need to restrict foreign expenditure, whether he will refuse to allow dollars to be spent in the United States of America by the broadcasting authorities for the rights to perform parlour games which were invented in Great Britain.

Mr. Harold Lever

No. There are no exchange control restriction on current payments of this kind.

Sir J. Langford-Holt

Is the Financial Secretary therefore saying that any citizen may contract, without any "no say" by him, to pay to an American citizen, if it is the basis of contract, any amount for performing rights or the right to repeat anything?

Mr. Lever

What causes the hon. Gentleman surprise is the obvious and only sensible rule that Governments can apply unless they want to supervise individually the contracts entered into by British businessmen.

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