Gift Parcels (Irish Republic)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th March 1952.

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Photo of Sir Harold Sutcliffe Sir Harold Sutcliffe , Heywood and Royton 12:00 am, 11th March 1952

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what Regulations are now in force as regards food parcels and other gifts sent personally from Eire to friends in this country.

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

Bona fide gifts from the Irish Republic which do not exceed 22 lb. in weight and which consist exclusively of foodstuffs, discarded apparel, medical supplies and soap are admitted free of import licence and Customs charges, with the exception that those containing canned fruits, dried fruits, chocolate and sugar confectionery are prohibited.

Photo of Sir Harold Sutcliffe Sir Harold Sutcliffe , Heywood and Royton

Can my right hon. Friend give any idea of the quantity of fruit and confectionery of this nature which are confiscated, and can he say what happens to them?

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

I should want notice of that question.