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Duty Free Gift Parcels (West Africa)

Volume 414: debated on Monday 22 October 1945

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asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that hardship is being suffered by men serving in the Forces in West Africa who are now unable to receive duty-free cigarettes; and if, since the reasons for withdrawing this privilege in Europe do not apply in West Africa, he will restore this privilege.

No, Sir. Men serving in West Africa have the same privileges as those serving in Europe. They can buy cigarettes through N.A.A.F.I. canteens as well as draw their ration. It is not, therefore, appropriate to restore the duty-free gift parcel privilege for that area.