HC Deb 01 May 1995 vol 259 cc89-90W
Mr. Robert N. Wareing

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether under(a) the Schengen agreement or (b) other agreements in respect of movements within the European Union, non-EU passport holders carrying valid visas for the United Kingdom may travel from the United Kingdom to other EU states without separate visas being required; and if he will make a statement. [21240]

Mr. Nicholas Baker

[holding answer 27 April 1995]: As the United Kingdom is not a party to the Schengen agreement, a visa issued by the United Kingdom would not be valid for travel to a Schengen country. The draft external frontiers convention would, if implemented provide for, among other things, a form of mutual recognition of visas for a short stay, which would exempt the holder from the requirement to obtain a separate national visa for entry to any of the member states of the European Union. The text of the draft convention, agreement to which is subject to unanimity in the Council, remains under discussion.

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