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Reparation Duty (Scientific Works)

Volume 155: debated on Thursday 29 June 1922

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asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that whereas parcels consisting of single copies of scientific works, ordered by a private individual, pass without paying any Reparations Duty if sent through the post, they are charged with the full 26 per cent. levy if sent in a parcel or box through the Customs Department at Harwich; and whether this difference of practice is due to intention or inadvertence?

I understand that the importation of a single copy of a book as cargo would be quite unusual, but if my hon. Friend will give me particulars of any case he has in mind, I will have inquiry made as to the facts.