§ Mr. R. N. FOWLER
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Whether, before any important changes are introduced in connection with the system of warehousing and delivering goods liable to duty, the Government will undertake to give the merchants interested an opportunity of considering how far the proposed changes would be likely to affect their convenience in the conduct of their business?
§ MR. J. HOLMS (for Lord FREDERICK CAVENDISH)
Sir, the object of the Government in the changes referred to has been to assimilate the system of warehousing goods by the Customs and Inland Revenue Departments. For this purpose a Treasury Committee was appointed, consisting of representatives from each of the two Departments, with myself as chairman. The question was very carefully considered, and the proposed changes, it is expected, will faciltate merchants in the conduct of their business. If, however, any practical 729 difficulties are subsequently found in their working, steps will be taken to remedy such difficulties.