HC Deb 20 November 1940 vol 365 cc2030-1W
Major Milner

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware of the diliculty and delay caused to applicants for exit permits to America and the expense and variety of work entailed in Government Departments in connection therewith; and whether he has considered the possibility of requesting applicants in appropriate cases to assign a proportion of their assets to the Government, such assets being redeemable by dollar payments, thus simplifying the process, obtaining a guarantee of bona fides and obtaining dollar balances?

Captain Crookshank

My right hon. Friend is not aware of any delays or difficulties, save those attributable to the obvious necessity for making careful inquiries into cases of this kind. As regards the second part of the Question, my right hon. Friend has considered my hon. and gallant Friend's suggestion, but he regrets that it would be impracticable. Moreover, it is, under existing Regulations, the duty of a British resident, even though temporarily abroad, to surrender his dollars to the Treasury, unless he has obtained permission to keep them.