HC Deb 03 February 1881 vol 258 cc56-7

asked the President of the Board of Trade, Why the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury recently issued a Circular to the Collectors of Customs at the principal ports of England and Wales, in which instructions were given to with- hold the names of shippers hitherto furnished to daily papers in connection with the regular shipping list?


If the hon. and gallant Member refers to the directions which have been given to omit exporters' names from the Bill of Entry B, the answer to his Question is that such directions were founded on a recommendation made by a Departmental Committee appointed to inquire into the work of the Bill of Entry Office last year. That recommendation was made on account of the objection taken by exporters to the practice of publishing their names. I may add that as importers have no objection to their names being published, the names of importers are still published as hitherto.