HC Deb 23 April 1940 vol 360 cc19-20
72. Captain Strickland

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether it has yet been found possible to make arrangements that parcels, when consigned to members of His Majesty's Forces stationed in Palestine, may be delivered duty free?

The Secretary of State for the Colonies (Mr. Malcolm MacDonald)

I would refer my hon. Friend to my reply to a Question by my hon. Friend the Member for South Nottingham (Mr. Markham) on 16th April, in which I stated that I was in communication with the High Commissioner as to the possibility of granting some duty concession on parcels sent to members of His Majesty's Forces serving in Palestine. I am awaiting the High Commissioner's views on the subject.

Captain Strickland

Am I to gather from that reply that my right hon. Friend is sympathetic to the idea?

Mr. MacDonald

I think my hon. and gallant Friend had better await the final decision when I have considered the circumstances as presented by the High Commissioner.

Mr. T. Williams

May we expect that the reply from the High Commissioner will be much speedier than usual?