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Anglo-Portuguese Visa (Abolition)

Volume 530: debated on Wednesday 21 July 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if, in view of the fact that Portugal is our oldest ally, he will open negotiations with the Portuguese Government with a view to abolishing visas in both countries, as the present position is anomalous.

As was indicated in the reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Barry (Mr Gower) on 13th July, 1953, the Portuguese Government have not in the past been prepared to conclude a visa abolition agreement with us. I hope, however, that, as a result of recent discussions in the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation, the Portuguese Government may be prepared to reconsider their attitude.