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Business Travellers (Priority)

Volume 443: debated on Thursday 30 October 1947

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asked the President of the Board of Trade how many passages on ships leaving this country for East Africa have been given priority in respect of export trade promotion during the past six months; and why such personnel cannot be routed by air so as to expedite trade development and to relieve the pressure on the limited space available in the passenger ships.

During this period the Board of Trade have had occasion to support no requests by business men for priority in air passage to East Africa and only eight for priority in sea transport. The hon. Member will realise, however, that I cannot prescribe which method of travel people shall adopt.