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Customs And Excise Licences

Volume 244: debated on Tuesday 4 November 1930

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asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the number of each type of licence issued by each collection, respectively, in the Customs and Excise Department during the most recently available 12-months' period?

Statistics of the licences in question are given in the annual reports of the Commissioners of Customs and Excise, and these statistics show separately the number of each type of licence issued in England and Wales and in Scotland, respectively. The total number of licences exceeds 1,000,000 annually, and to sub-divide the statistics according to the Revenue collections in which the licences were issued would involve an expenditure of labour which I am not satisfied the circumstances justify.