HC Deb 09 April 1964 vol 692 cc240-1W
Mr. Owen

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will now give details of the arrangements reached at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation level for travel permits to East German scientists, doctors, musicians, and other persons who desire to travel to Great Britain for cultural or social work.

Mr. R. A. Butler

After full consultation in N.A.T.O., the Three Powers responsible for the Allied Travel Office announced in West Berlin on 2nd April that they had decided upon certain modifications of the travel regulations for inhabitants of the Soviet Zone of Occupation of Germany. Copies of this announcement are in the Library of the House.

These new arrangements should make it possible for East German scientists, doctors, musicians, and others engaged in cultural and non-political pursuits to obtain Temporary Travel Documents with the object of travelling to Great Britain in their individual capacities, provided that they do not engage in any undesirable political activities on behalf of the so-called D.D.R. Each case will continue to be considered on its merits. In general, however, purporting to act on behalf of or to represent the

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