HC Deb 06 March 1961 vol 636 cc5-6W
63. Mr. Jeger

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he will make a statement on the new tourist travel arrangements agreed by Her Majesty's Government so far as they affect entry to Spain by British tourists.

Mr. Heath

Eleven member countries of the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation, including Spain, have agreed to recognise our simplified travel document—about which I told the House on 19th December—as a valid passport for visits of up to three months. The new document is to be called a "British Visitor's Passport" and it will be obtainable from all labour exchanges in Great Britain from 15th March. Holders of British Visitor's Passports will be able to enter and leave Spain in the same way as holders of the normal passport. There will be no distinction between the two forms of passport at the La Linea frontier. The agreement covers the Balearic and Canary Islands.