HC Deb 26 October 1955 vol 545 cc192-3
25. Mr. Braine

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies to what extent it is the general practice that Governors be exempted from Customs duties in respect of goods imported for their personal use; and in what Colonies this concession is not made.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

In most territories Customs exemption is granted on all goods imported for the Governor's use. Two territories grant an annual allowance in lieu of exemption, two restrict the exemption to certain types of goods such as wines, spirits and tobacco and in two others, British Honduras and Gibraltar there is no form of exemption.

Mr. Braine

Seeing that the goods for the most part are imported for the Governors' official functions, is not this distinction invidious, and would not my right hon. Friend look into the whole matter and at the same time see whether other anomalies in the Governors' pay and conditions of service cannot be wiped out?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I will certainly look into it, but I am reluctant to give any impression that all circumstances are alike in every territory.