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Foreign Tourists (Sterling Notes)

Volume 438: debated on Monday 9 June 1947

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will indicate what amount of British currency is permitted to come to Great Britain from France, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Czechoslovakia and Switzerland; and what steps he is taking to persuade these countries to permit a more generous allowance, with a view to assisting the most free possible interchange of tourists.

The amounts in sterling notes allowed to tourists by these countries are, I understand, France Norway £1, Denmark nil, Holland £5 or less, Belgium £10 or less, Czechoslovakia £2. Tourists from Sweden and Switzerland are limited to £20 in sterling notes, but may bring in such larger sums in travellers' cheques. Since His Majesty's Government find it necessary, in order to conserve foreign exchange, to limit strictly the expenditure of British visitors abroad, I do not feel able at present to urge other Governments to relax the limits which they impose for the same reasons.