§ 29. Mr. Keeling
asked the Minister of Food why permits are given for parcels containing 4 lb. of coffee to be sent by commercial freight to France, but not by post.
§ Mr. Strachey
I am grateful to the hon. Member for pointing out this anomaly. As I told the hon. Member on 19th January, we are modifying the regulations for gift parcels, and in addition we have now arranged that in future parcels accompanied by a Board of Trade export licence will also be accepted for dispatch by parcel post.
§ Mr. Keeling
Can the right hon. Gentleman explain how the Board of Trade came to issue permits for the despatch of 4 lb. of coffee by air at a cost of about two or three times the value of the coffee, while not allowing the coffee to be sent by post?