§ 12. Mr. R. Carr
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the importance of encouraging tourists to conic into this country, he will now abolish the carnet/triptyque forms of documentation for private motor cars temporarily imported into the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Barber
I know the interest that has been taken in this matter by my hon. Friends the Members for Mitcham (Mr. R. Carr) and Shipley (Mr. Hirst). I hope very much that we shall be able to announce a decision in the very near future, but I would add that this is a much more difficult matter than appears at first sight—[HON. MEMBERS: "Why?"]—because it involves serious risks of Revenue evasion and, consequently, has to be very carefully considered. I would only add that it is quite wrong to assume that the considerations that have caused most other European countries to abandon this system are relevant to our own position.
§ Mr. Hirst
Is my hon. Friend aware that this investigation has been going on for months and months, and that this lack of decision is making our country 183 a laughing stock throughout Europe? Does he not think that, in the interests of the development of our tourist trade, the matter demands much more urgent consideration?
§ Mr. Barber
I regret the delay in reaching a decision. As I say, I hope that we shall be able to announce it in the very near future.