asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that a post package, No. 956, containing 35 dozen lamp-blown Christmas-tree ornaments, arrived in London on the 6th May, advised by the Customs and Excise on the 15th, and, on the importer attending with the necessary forms and the 33⅓ per cent. duty due under the Safeguarding of Industries Act on lamp-blown ware, he was informed by the officials that he need not pay the duty; will he explain under what method these exemptions are given to some firms and not to all; and, if it is not intended to collect duty on lamp-blown ware, will he issue a notice accordingly, and also specify whether this exemption applies to commodities other than lamp-blown ware?
The details given in the question are not sufficient to identify the package, but they indicate that on presentation of the invoices, etc., it was found that the goods came within the scope of the Treasury Order exempting from Key Industry Duty all toys and fancy goods in which the part liable to duty does not exceed 10 per cent. of the value of the article.