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India (War Comforts, Customs Duties)

Volume 360: debated on Thursday 9 May 1940

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether the Government of India will make, or have made, any concessions in Customs Duty on parcels sent to British troops serving in India?

An Army Order has recently been published by the Government of India granting exemption from Customs Duties on articles sent by parcel post to soldiers and airmen serving in India provided that such articles are in the nature of war comforts. The only exceptions to this exemption are tobacco, alcoholic liquor and articles of high intrinsic value such as jewellery.