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Customs Duties (Service Men)

Volume 480: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1950

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82.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware of the heavy Customs duties charged on presents brought home from the Far East by men of H.M.S. "Triumph"; and if he will make regulations so as to permit his officials to levy lower charges when dealing with members of the Services returning from long periods of duty overseas.

I am aware that presents brought home by men of H.M.S. "Triumph" were charged with duty and Purchase Tax in the normal way. The law does not allow presents to be exempted from these charges and I do not consider that a special concession for returning Service men could be justified.