Armed Forces (Tobacco Duty)

Oral Answers to Questions — India – in the House of Commons on 26th November 1942.

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Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

asked the Secretary of State for India for what reason it is not permitted to send cigarettes duty free to members of the Services serving in India?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

When an arrangement was introduced in 1940 to permit of small parcels of duty-free tobacco, cigars or cigarettes being sent by post to members of His Majesty's Forces abroad, it was decided that this arrangement should not be applied to soldiers serving in India, as such parcels would be subject to local customs duty on arrival, and pipe-tobacco and cigarettes suitable to European tastes are plentiful in most parts of India, of good quality, and still no more expensive than before the war here. The Government of India have, however, been asked to consider the question further and I am awaiting their reply.