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Ships' Stores (Duty)

Volume 116: debated on Thursday 14 May 1987

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what provision he intends to make to relieve from duty stores imported for use by ships lying in United Kingdom ports; and if he will make a statement.

There is already adequate provision for stores to be shipped free of duty direct from the United Kingdom. However, it is the Government's intention to introduce legislation as early as possible in the next Parliament which will enable imported stores to be transhipped in the United Kingdom without payment of duty and tax. Provision will also be made for customs duty to be relieved on certain imported stores consumed in port prior to departure.