asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if he is aware that cases of goods under marks 2,900, 340, and 134/6 arrived in Hull, per ss. "Schwalbe," on the 6th December, and that the same were not delivered till 28th February, when the customer refused to accept delivery as the goods were required for Christmas, 1921; can he give any explanation of the delay in getting these goods cleared through the Customs; and can he say if His Majesty's Treasury have a fund out of which they can pay compensation in such cases where the delay can be shown to be due to the collection of duties and tariffs?
Inquiries have been made, as a result of which it has been ascertained that the goods in question were entered on the 16th December, produced for examination on the 19th December, and delivered out of Customs charge on the same day. The subsequent delay in delivery of the goods is a matter with which the Customs Department is not concerned. In these circumstances, the last part of the question does not arise.