HC Deb 06 February 1900 vol 78 cc708-9
MR. BARTLEY (Islington, N.)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether in reference to the War Office circular of 9th December, 1899, entitled "Parcels for Officers and Men on Active Service in South Africa," the &c. in section 2, "Customs duties will not be charged in Cape Colony or Natal on tobacco, &c, addressed to officers and men serving there," means alcohol and all other taxable articles.


The following telegram has been received from Mr. Hamilton Gatliff, who has very kindly undertaken the distribution of gifts for the troops— The privilege of free entry of gifts to troops applies to articles arriving by parcels post only. With regard to articles arriving otherwise, the local Customs authorities will consider the merits of each case with a view to remission. Up to date all articles have had free entry. The statement in the memorandum of December, 1899, was, it appears, a little too wide.