§ Sir W. Wakefield
asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department what steps he has recently taken, and is proposing to take, to facilitate the reception and convenience of visitors from overseas desiring to do business in this country in the minimum time in view of the many restrictions and difficulties with which they are faced on arrival in this country.
§ Mr. Marquand
I have recently created a special section within the Department to render the utmost possible assistance to commercial visitors from overseas. Already towards this end it has been possible to make arrangements with the Ministry of Food which will enable such visitors to obtain food ration and identity cards without going through normal formalities. It is customary for many overseas commercial visitors to call at the Department but steps are now being taken, through the Department's overseas officers, to ensure that all commercial visitors coming here are made aware that they will be warmly welcomed, and that the Department will do anything they can to assist them in the transaction of their business.