HC Deb 26 March 1971 vol 814 cc227-8W
Mrs. Joyce Butler

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the international recommendations which make it impossible for him to amend the regulations to enable a wife or widow to use a joint passport unilaterally.

Mr. Kershaw

The recommendation was made at the 1926 Passport Conference held by the Organisation for Communications and Transit of the League of Nations, whichagreed that the head of the family may travel alone with such a passport (a family pass) but that it cannot be used by his wife and children travelling without him.

Family passports were reviewed as recently as 1963 by the United Nations Conference on International Travel and Tourism at Rome. This conference's recommendations did not alter those made in 1926 about the use of family passports.

If Britain were to make unilateral exceptions, wives travelling alone on family passports might run into difficulties abroad.