§ Mr. G. B. HUDSON (Herts, Hitchin);
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that in cases of officers proceeding to serve in India, a part of their military equipment, such as their sword and revolver, is exempted from import duty, whereas their regimental saddle and bridle, equally necessary proportions, are charged a duty; and whether he will inquire into the matter?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Lord GEORGE HAMILTON,) Middlesex, Ealing
The Indian Tariff Act exempts from import duty arms imported by a military officer for the purposes of his equipment. I am not aware whether an officer's saddlery is similarly exempted from the general import duty of 5 per cent. ad valorem, but I will communicate with the Government of India on the subject.