HC Deb 06 May 1948 vol 450 c1450
56. Mr. Janner

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that many customs officials hold up parcels of food from the U.S. to private persons in this country because the senders have included one small bar of toilet soap on the ground that such parcels are subject to 30 per cent. duty; and whether such action is taken with his approval.

Sir S. Cripps

I am not aware of this practice but I will look into any cases if my hon. Friend will give me particulars.

Mr. Janner

Will my right hon. and learned Friend say that in instances of a trivial nature of this kind he will consider advising the Customs officers not to take action?

Sir S. Cripps

If the hon. Member will send me cases, I will look at them.