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Snow Boots (Customs Confiscation)

Volume 446: debated on Friday 23 January 1948

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer why a pair of snow boots declared at Newry Customs house on 10th October at 6.10 p.m. has been confiscated, although the owner declared these boots to the Customs Officials and offered to pay the full duty.

These goods were imported into Northern Ireland after 5 p.m., contrary to the Customs (Land Boundary) Regulations, and are forfeited on that ground. The restriction of hours has been in force since 1923 and special publicity was given to it last September. The hours could not be extended without an inordinate increase in staff, economy in which is particularly necessary at the present time.