HC Deb 13 November 1961 vol 649 cc12-3W
56. Mr. Rankin

asked the Lord Privy Seal why the members and officials of the East German football club Vorwaerts have been refused permission by Her Majesty's Government to make the journey to arrange and play a football match at Ibrox Park, Glasgow.

Mr. Heath

In accordance with decisions of the three Western Powers, supported by their North Atlantic Allies, the necessary travel documents for this purpose would not be issued by the Allied Travel Office in Berlin. In the absence of an acceptable travel document, visas cannot be granted.

Mr. A. Lewis

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will give the number of British subjects who have informed him that they have been prevented by the East German Government from entering East Germany and East Berlin during the last 12 months.

Mr. Heath

British subjects are under no obligation to inform Her Majesty's Government that their movements have been impeded in this way and none have done so.