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Foreign Prison-Made Goods Act

Volume 53: debated on Friday 18 February 1898

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I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, if he will state the estimated value and amount of goods detained by the Commissioners of Customs, under the Foreign Prison-Made Goods Act, that have been proved to be made in foreign prisons?

The five consignments of Belgian mats, to which I referred in my answer to the hon. Member the other day, have all been proved, to the satisfaction of the Commissioners of Customs, by evidence tendered to them, to have been made or produced wholly or in part in a foreign prison, within the provision of the Act. The five consignments comprise 108 bundles of mats, and their value is estimated at £147 4s.