HC Deb 05 July 1955 vol 543 cc77-8W
68. Mr. Teeling

asked the Economic Secretary to the Treasury why holders of passports travelling on no-passport day trips are forbidden to have the £10 permitted to be exchanged into francs for holders of the no-passport tickets, unless it is deducted from their £100 annual allowance; and if he will revoke this Regulation, which penalises holders of passports.

Sir E. Boyle

Any foreign currency provided ought strictly to count against the £100 basic travel allowance; but since the issue of the allowance is linked to the possession of a passport, I have made arrangements for persons going on these trips without passports to obtain a special allotment of francs. I do not consider that this penalises the passport holder. If I were to allow him the same facility I should be treating him more generously than the passport holder going to France for more than a day, who would be restricted to £100.

69. Mr. Teeling

asked the Economic Secretary to the Treasury whether he will amend his Regulations so as to allow returning passengers on the no-passport day trips to France to exchange what francs are left over from their £10 allowance later on at any bank in Great Britain, and thus avoid unnecessary queues for changing money on the boat.

Sir E. Boyle

No amendment is necessary; under existing Regulations returning passengers may bring their francs ashore and are then allowed, indeed are required, to offer them to a bank or other authorised dealer.