HC Deb 06 April 1948 vol 449 c16
33. Mr. Skeffington-Lodge

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what number of Customs officials is regularly employed in manning the Customs frontier between the United Kingdom and Eire.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

There are 72 members of the Customs and Excise Department regularly employed on the land boundary between the United Kingdom and Eire. In addition, the Royal Ulster Constabulary undertake preventive duties in connection with the boundary.

Mr. Skeffington-Lodge

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is here a considerable waste of manpower involved and, in order to release these men for more productive work, will he use his influence to ensure that the absurdity commonly known as partition comes to an end?