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Customs (United Kingdom-Irish Republic)

Volume 939: debated on Friday 18 November 1977

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from tourist and other organisations and bodies regarding the introduction of duty-free facilities for passengers travelling between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Such representations are made from time to time. Most recently, in October this year, the British Tourist Authority sent to the Commissioners of Customs and Excise a statement of the case as they see it for the introduction of duty-free facilities on all routes between Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions have taken place with the Government of the Republic of Ireland regarding the introduction of duty-free facilities for passengers travelling between the United Kingdom and the Republic.

Together with the Minister for Finance in the Republic of Ireland, I have authorised a joint study by officials in the two countries to assess the implications of a change of practice in this field. We expect to have a report in a matter of weeks, and shall then jointly consider any further action.