Motor Cars (Customs Procedure)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th December 1957.

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Photo of Mr William Shepherd Mr William Shepherd , Cheadle 12:00 am, 12th December 1957

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether this country will follow the lead given by other European nations in dropping the requirement of the carnet in respect of visitors bringing their cars here.

Photo of Mr Enoch Powell Mr Enoch Powell , Wolverhampton South West

No, Sir; we have a much higher revenue interest and a large home industry to protect; but further simplification of the system is being examined.

Photo of Mr William Shepherd Mr William Shepherd , Cheadle

Is it not a fact that one of the countries which have granted the concession has an industry as large as ours? Why should we be regarded as the most sticky and stodgy of all nations in Europe in these matters? Would it not be to our economic advantage to give this facility to encourage tourists who wish to bring their cars to this country?

Photo of Mr Enoch Powell Mr Enoch Powell , Wolverhampton South West

A very good deal is also at stake in revenue and protection—more than in the case of the country which my hon. Friend has in mind.

Photo of Mr William Shepherd Mr William Shepherd , Cheadle

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer why an accompanied motor car has to be examined separately by landing officers and waterguard officers; and what consideration has been given to altering the regulations to simplify the procedure at ports.

Photo of Mr Enoch Powell Mr Enoch Powell , Wolverhampton South West

A recent review has established that the balance of advantage is against altering the present system, whereby the landing officer assesses duty on imported cars and the waterguard officer is responsible for the prevention of smuggling.