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Steamer Embarkation Arrangements

Volume 413: debated on Friday 24 August 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, now peace has come, he will make arrangements whereby the position for travellers between Great Britain and Northern Ireland will again become normal by granting free facilities for embarkation and disembarkation and thus end the queueing system.

Passengers normally resident in the United Kingdom are allowed to travel freely between Great Britain and Northern Ireland on production of the travel permit cards identifying them. I regret that the need for controlling the entry of aliens and workers from Eire still makes it necessary for all passengers to pass the control point, but every endeavour is made by the immigration staff to minimise delay and inconvenience to travellers, and I am glad to say that it has recently become possible considerably to accelerate the movement of passengers. Queueing, however, is rendered inevitable by the very large numbers of persons travelling and the restricted accommodation both on ship and on shore; and the remedy lies in the restoration of less congested conditions of travel.