HC Deb 10 July 1952 vol 503 cc114-5W
91. Mr. Woodburn

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations whether his attention has been called to the refusal to Miss Euphemia Cowan of permission to land in South Africa, in order to visit a friend of five years' standing, after all arrangements had been cleared by her with the South African authorities before sailing; whether he will make a statement on the circumstances and reason for the refusal; and, in view of the accepted relationships of travel between South Africa and ourselves, whether he will take steps to ensure that no British subject is so treated in future.

Mr. J. Foster

Admission into an independent Commonwealth country such as South Africa is entirely a matter for the Government of that country. As regards the statement in the Question that all arrangements had been cleared with the South African authorities before sailing, the South African authorities in London state that they have no record of any approach by, or on behalf of, Miss Cowan before she left this country.

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