HC Deb 16 May 1938 vol 336 cc26-7
54. Mr. Remer

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the difficulty which British visitors to Madeira have in ascertaining what are the Customs duties on goods imported to that island; that the duty sometimes amounts to three to five times the value of the goods; that the Customs authorities at Madeira cannot give any information as to duty except by reference to Lisbon and that any remission of these duties generally takes a period of six months; and whether he will make representations to the Portuguese Government as to the desirability of supplying Madeira Customs authorities with the fullest information as to a reasonable Customs rate?

Mr. R. S. Hudson

I understand that visitors' luggage is admitted into Madeira free of duty and that the definition of luggage adopted is not restrictive. No difficulties of the kind referred to have been reported to the Board of Trade, but if my hon. Friend will give me particulars the matter will be looked into.

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