HC Deb 31 July 1946 vol 426 cc204-5W
142. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why the revision of passport arrangements between Great Britain and Eire and Great Britain and Northern Ireland must await the holding of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations; and, with a view to eliminating unnecessary travel restrictions, including passports between these three countries and in view of the amount of time, labour and material which is daily lost by these restrictions, if he will take immediate steps to seek such agreement and obviate such loss.

Mr. Oliver

The arrangements about travel between Great Britain and Ireland are not dependent on such international agreements about visas or discussions or frontier formalities as were referred to by the Minister of State on 24th June. The reasons for requiring travellers to Ireland to carry documents of identity was stated in my right hon. Friend's reply of 27th June to the hon. Member for South Battersea (Mrs. Ganley).