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Duty-Free Parcels

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 10 April 1951

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asked the Secretary of State for War what representations he has had from overseas commands, where active operations are in progress, regarding the present system of duty-free con cessions on parcels sent by troops to their relatives and friends at home.

Except for a request for a special Christmas concession, no such representations have been received.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is a widespread feeling amongst all ranks on active service that the present arrangements are ungenerous? Is there any reason why they should not be as generous as they were at the end of the war for British troops serving in Europe?

I imagine that the cost of such a concession in far distant stations would be very much greater.