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Postal Packets (Monetary Contents)

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1949

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many postal packets for overseas addresses have been intercepted which consisted of cloth registered envelopes containing money or postal orders not being deliberately concealed; and in how many cases were the monetary contents wholly or partly confiscated.

I regret that separate information relating to interceptions of currency in cloth registered envelopes is not available.

Does the Minister realise that where such money is exported in cloth registered envelopes, there is no attempt at concealment, and that his arbitrarily imposed fine of confiscation is wholly inappropriate to the trivial nature of the offence?

Sometimes the best way of concealing a thing is to take the obvious way of doing it.