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Continental Day Trips (Duty-Free Goods)

Volume 530: debated on Thursday 15 July 1954

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer why day trippers from Newhaven to Dieppe or Boulogne travelling by private enterprise pleasure steamers are to be refused the Customs concessions given to persons who travel from Newhaven to Dieppe or Boulogne on 24-hour trips organised by British Railways; and whether he will take immediate steps to ensure that such day trippers are granted similar Customs concessions.

As explained by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 13th July, day trippers are not entitled to the Customs concessions made to foreign tourists and our own nationals returning from travel abroad. There is, of course, no discrimination between one kind of service and another.