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Tourists' Motor Cars (Documents)

Volume 643: debated on Tuesday 4 July 1961

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has now further considered the question of abolishing the carnet/tryptyque forms of documentation for private motor cars temporarily imported into the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

Yes, Sir. From a date shortly to be announced these documents will, for an experimental period, no longer be required for tourists' motor cars, except in Northern Ireland. All that will be required instead will be a very simple form giving brief identification details.

Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that his decision is very welcome and that it will be a considerable encouragement to the tourist trade? Will he watch carefully the effect this remission has on the Continent, where it has been highly successful, and attempt to make it permanent as soon as possible?

I shall bear in mind what my hon. Friend has said. Of course, there are certain problems of evasion of duty and we shall have to watch those.