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Middle East (Non-Essential Imports)

Volume 387: debated on Tuesday 23 March 1943

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport who pays for unloading the cosmetics, corsets, etc., carried from the United States of America in convoyed ships to the Middle East?

All civil goods proposed for import to the Middle East are now checked by the Middle East supply centre, and this organisation decides whether or not such goods are essential. I understand that under this arrangement space in United States ships is not made available for luxury goods. The importers, or their agents, are liable for all costs incurred in connection with the importation of goods consigned to them.