HC Deb 23 January 1951 vol 483 cc11-2W
98. Mr. Nield

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement as to the position of British pensioners of the Argentine Railways in the light of Anglo-Argentine trade agreements; and, in particular, what arrangements have been made to enable such pensioners to return from the Argentine to this country and to be paid their pensions here.

Mr. Younger

The Anglo-Argentine Trade and Payments Agreement of 1949 provides that invisible payments, such as pensions, should be freely permitted by the Argentine Government in so far as they have sterling exchange available. In spite of my right hon. Friend's representa- tions and those of His Majesty's Ambassador at Buenos Aires, the Argentine Government have not been renewing the expired permits of British pensioners, which would enable them to continue to draw their Argentine pensions in this country, nor have such permits been granted to British pensioners who have not yet left Argentina. My right hon. Friend will continue to do all in his power to bring about a more satisfactory state of affairs.