HC Deb 07 November 1966 vol 735 cc202-3W
50. Mr. Derek Page

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many applications for travel documents have been made by East German residents for business purposes in the last 12 months; how many of these were by letter only; how many were by personal interview; and what proportions were granted in each case.

Mr. George Thomson

5,066. Of these 1,286 were made in person, 269 by post and the remainder through a third party. Three were refused, and 1,051 were not followed up by the applicants. All the rest were granted.

66. Mr. Frank Allaun

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many intending visitors to Great Britain have been prevented in the last five years from coming from the German Democratic Republic by the Allied Travel Office in West Berlin; and, stated separately, what were the numbers of sportsmen, musical and theatrical artistes, and scientists included in that total.

Mr. George Thomson

Between 1st October, 1961 and 30th September, 1964, 195 East Germans were refused Temporary Travel Documents by the Allied Travel Office for travel to this country; of these 135 were sportsmen, 19 musical and theatre artists and 13 scientists.

Since 1st October, 1964, 28 TTDS have been refused for travel to the United Kingdom; 13 of these were for sportsmen; no applications were refused to scientists or to musical and theatrical artists.