HC Deb 23 October 1950 vol 478 cc312-3W
133. Sir P. Macdonald

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has considered the complaints, details of which have been sent to him, made by Swiss travel agents who recently were invited to make a tour of British tourist centres in this country about the interrogation of visitors to Britain carried out by immigration officials; and whether he will take steps to improve the procedure followed on such occasions.

Mr. de Freitas

I have seen a report of the speech by a Swiss travel agent to which the hon. and gallant Member refers: I have also seen in the Press a letter from a Swiss visitor challenging the accuracy of the complaints made in the speech. Immigration officers are well aware of the need to ensure that the essential controls at ports of arrival cause as little inconvenience as possible, and the questions put to tourists are the minimum necessary to establish that they are genuine visitors and understand our currency regulations.