HC Deb 11 March 1952 vol 497 c1258
52. Mr. Harold Sutcliffe

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what Regulations are now in force as regards food parcels and other gifts sent personally from Eire to friends in this country.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Bona fide gifts from the Irish Republic which do not exceed 22 lb. in weight and which consist exclusively of foodstuffs, discarded apparel, medical supplies and soap are admitted free of import licence and Customs charges, with the exception that those containing canned fruits, dried fruits, chocolate and sugar confectionery are prohibited.

Mr. Sutcliffe

Can my right hon. Friend give any idea of the quantity of fruit and confectionery of this nature which are confiscated, and can he say what happens to them?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I should want notice of that question.