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Imported War Stores

Volume 438: debated on Monday 9 June 1947

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for India what was the total value of goods, including all warlike stores, imported into India between 1st September, 1939, and 31st August, 1945, for the use of His Majesty's Forces; what was the total duty paid; and what was the amount of drawback allowed on such goods when taken out of India for use in the various theatres of war.

In accordance with the financial arrangements with the Government of India relating to defence expenditure during the War which were announced in the House on 29th February, 1940, no account has been kept of the value of stores sent to or from India for the use of the Armed Forces. No customs duty was levied on military stores imported into India; and, therefore, no question of drawback arose.