§ 45. Captain BOURNE
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if he will state the methods taken by the Commissioners of Inland Revenue to dispose of goods confiscated for breach of Customs regulations?
§ The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the TREASURY (Mr. Pethick-Lawrence)
Goods seized for contravention of the Customs Acts are, as a general rule, sold by public auction or competitive tender. Tobacco suitable for smoking is supplied for use by the inmates of certain criminal 1618 lunatic asylums, and unsmokable tobacco is supplied to national botanical gardens for fumigation purposes. Unsaleable goods and certain prohibited goods are usually destroyed.
§ Captain BOURNE
What steps have been taken to bring the sale of these goods to the notice of the public?
§ Mr. PETHICK-LAWRENCE
If the hon. and gallant Member will put that question down, I will endeavour to give him an answer.
§ Mr. MUGGERIDGE
Is the duty put on to the price of the goods when they are sold by the customs authorities?