HC Deb 16 December 1948 vol 459 cc196-7W
100. Sir G. Fox

asked the President of the Board of Trade what instructions are given to Empire and foreign visitors, respectively, arriving in this country with regard to the issue of clothing coupons; and what steps are taken to inform them that to avoid Purchase Tax and to get extra coupons, the goods purchased have to be delivered direct to the port of embarkation; and how many coupons such visitors are entitled to receive.

Mr. H. Wilson

The publications of the British Tourist and Holidays Board, which are widely distributed overseas through consulates, travel agencies, shipping and air lines, etc., describe fully the facilities available to overseas visitors for the purchase of rationed clothing. On arrival in this country all foreign visitors are given a Welcome Card produced by the British Tourist and Holidays Board, containing essential information about all the facilities and formalities of importance to tourists. These include the Tourist Voucher Book Scheme, the Personal Export Scheme and the arrangements by which any visitor staying for 28 days or more receives a clothing book containing a three months ration of coupons.

My Department has also issued a leaflet, which has been circulated among traders, travel agencies, etc., giving more detailed information about the working of these schemes, and a poster has been produced which traders operating the Personal Export Scheme are asked to display. These schemes worked well during this year's tourist season but they are now being reviewed with the object of making improvements, both in machinery and publicity, before next season.