HC Deb 01 December 1942 vol 385 c1003
54. Mr. Keeling

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue he would expect to lose if occasional presents up to £1 in value from members of the Forces abroad were admitted into this country free of duty; and whether it is revenue considerations or administrative difficulties which prevent this concession to the Fighting Services?

Sir K. Wood

There are not sufficient data on which to make the estimate asked for in the first part of the Question. With regard to the second part, the objections to the concession are primarily administrative.

Mr. Keeling

Will my right hon. Friend make inquiries as to how the American Government, which makes a concession of this sort in spite of its strict Customs system, overcomes the administrative difficulties?

Sir K. Wood

Yes, Sir.