The musical box was liable to import duty and, in addition, to Purchase Tax. The combined charge calculated at the legal rates on the value declared by the sender, was £1 10s. The payment of £2 3s. 4d. by Mrs. Lewin included duty and tax on some additional items in her parcel.
As the hon. Member is aware, there is a special concession which enables Service men to send home presents other than tobacco, scent or liquor free of Customs charges provided their total value does not exceed 10s. The value of this parcel was £2 7s.
I am well aware of all that, but does the Financial Secretary not feel—because I know that the Government, of whatever party, are sympathetic—that something could be done about the parcels sent home by these Service men; and would the Chancellor either consider revising the list or set up a committee to look into this matter?