HC Deb 22 February 1954 vol 524 c33
62. Mr. E. Fletcher

asked the Secretary to the Treasury what Customs duty was levied on a number of prefabricated houses presented by the people of Norway to the stricken families of East Anglia; and how many protests have been received in consequence.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Customs duty on these houses is strictly due. But in view of the very special circumstances it will be waived and, where necessary, refunds made.

Mr. Fletcher

Is the Minister aware that that decision will be very generally welcomed, not only in this country but in Norway, where—to say the least—there was considerable amazement at the thought that their very generous gift to East Anglia might be the subject of Customs dues?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I am obliged to the hon. Member for that supplementary question. Perhaps I might add my expression of gratitude to the people of Norway for this very generous gift to our own people who have suffered misfortune.