HC Deb 10 June 1959 vol 606 cc91-2W
53. Mr. Patrick Maitland

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many foreign applicants for United Kingdom visas during the past year gave business as the object of their journey; how many were coming to investigate the possibilities of factory expansion in the United Kingdom, and how many to investigate the possibilities in Scotland; and how far his consular officers have instructions about seeking to instruct potential visitors about particular factory sites.

Mr. R. Allan

Figures are not available in the form asked for by my hon. Friend, but I am sending him a copy of Command Paper 701. This shows that the total number of foreigners, including those requiring visas, who visited the United Kingdom in 1958 for business purposes was 185,431. Consular officers do not have detailed information about the availability of particular factory sites. Enquirers are referred by them either to our commercial officers abroad or to the Board of Trade.

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