Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland and Eire (Food Smuggling).

– in the House of Commons on 17th June 1942.

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Photo of Reverend Dr James Little Reverend Dr James Little , Down

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has taken steps, in view of the encouragement to smuggling which insurance against loss is giving, to make it illegal for British insurance companies to insure smugglers of food from Northern Ireland into Eire against loss?

Photo of Mr Charles Waterhouse Mr Charles Waterhouse , Leicester South

I have no evidence that any British insurance companies are entering into contracts of this kind, but if my hon. Friend will send me particulars, I shall be grad to investigate them.

Photo of Reverend Dr James Little Reverend Dr James Little , Down

Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman make it clear that any such insurance is illegal, because it is causing a great deal of dissatisfaction in Northern Ireland?

Photo of Mr Charles Waterhouse Mr Charles Waterhouse , Leicester South

I do not see any object in making clear that the practice is illegal. If my hon. Friend will send me cases, I will certainly go into them.

Photo of Reverend Dr James Little Reverend Dr James Little , Down

Was it not stated publicly in the courts?

Photo of Mr Charles Waterhouse Mr Charles Waterhouse , Leicester South

Perhaps my hon. Friend will give me the reference.