§ SIR JOHN LENG (Dundee)
I beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer 838 if he can state what additional number of officers will be required in the Customs Department consequent on the new duties imposed by the Finance Bill, and also what will be the increased annual cost of the collection of these duties.
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Sir M. HICKS BEACH,) Bristol, W.
The Board of Customs have this matter under consideration, but they are not yet in a position to frame an Estimate of the addition to their staff which may be required to carry out the work connected with the new duties. They do not expect that the annual cost of collection will exceed 1 per cent.