Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Export of Currency from United Kingdom.

asked the Minister for Finance whether he is aware that the British Government has, by order, prohibited the export of bank notes, currency notes and metallic currency from the United Kingdom, and if so, whether he will say if, under this order, Irish workers migrating to Great Britain will be prohibited from remitting to their families, residing in Ireland, any portion of their earnings in Great Britain; further, whether he will state, generally, the effect of the order in question on the remission of moneys from the United Kingdom to this country.

There is no restriction on remittances of money from the United Kingdom to this country by means of money order or cheque or metallic currency (excluding gold). Small amounts may also be sent by postal order. There is no restriction on the amount in sterling which a person travelling from the United Kingdom may bring with him to this country.

The export of bank notes by post from the United Kingdom is prohibited but I understand that, in practice, postal packets enclosing remittances in bank notes from the Irish workers, referred to by the Deputy, to residents in this country are allowed to proceed where the amount involved is small. These workers have, of course, at their disposal the alternative means of sending remittances specified in the first part of my reply.