HC Deb 27 April 1948 vol 450 cc27-8W
80. Mr. Orbach

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why, in spite of the inclusion of Austria in the countries open to tourist travel, intending visitors to Austria have been advised by the Military Permit Office that only persons travelling for business reasons or to visit their relatives are granted passes to enter Austria.

Mr. Mayhew

As a means of aiding the recovery of the Austrian economy, a tourist scheme has been drawn up by the Austrian authorities and special hotel accommodation has been provided by them for this purpose in the three western zones and the three western sectors of Vienna. This accommodation must be booked in advance and paid for in the United Kingdom in sterling. On proof of such booking, the Military Permit Office will issue a permit to cover the duration of the visit. As sterling is not available for tourist travel from the United Kingdom until 1st May, 1948, no permits have yet been issued under this scheme.