HC Deb 08 April 1941 vol 370 c1412
50. Sir Reginald Clarry

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that the Customs authorities, in valuing goods imported at Newport docks to ascertain the value for duty purposes, have, since August, 1938, included a fixed figure of 3s. per ton as representing landing charges, thereby involving the payment of duty on this figure in addition to the c.i.f. value; whether this additional figure of 3s. is included in valuing goods imported at other ports in the kingdom; and, if not, whether he will take steps to remove this prejudicial treatment of Newport as against other ports?

Sir K. Wood

The figure of 3s. per ton to which reference is made is for general cargo only, and has been applied to all ports in the Bristol Channel since August, 1938. The corresponding figures for other ports where similar arrangements have been made vary with the circumstances. I am not aware that the arrangement operates to the prejudice of the port of Newport.

Sir R. Clarry

Will my right hon. Friend agree that these charges of 3s. are incurred after delivery by the shipowner, and are not fairly suitable for duty?

Sir K. Wood

I would not assent to that suggestion, but if my hon. Friend would like to see me on the matter, I would be happy to discuss it with him.