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Overseas Visitors (Purchase Tax)

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 24 April 1951

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will consider issuing coupons, under the Purchase Tax coupons scheme, on a more generous scale as a basic allowance, and not related to the amount of money a visitor to this country may change.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the present system causes a good deal of inconvenience to visitors coming to the country, as many of them bring travellers' cheques and do not visit a bank, and therefore are not aware of this system?

I have no evidence to that effect, but if the hon. Member will let me have it, I will look into it.

Does the right hon. Gentleman's answer mean that he has considered and turned down the various suggestions put forward by bodies such as the Dollar Exports Board? Or are they still under consideration?

I have not yet made any statement on the matter. Perhaps the hon. and gallant Member will await the statement.