HC Deb 19 June 1956 vol 554 c1221
24. Mr. Leather

asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether he will consider altering the law relating to Purchase Tax on imports of items brought into the country by overseas visitors solely for the purpose of purchasing British exports.

Mr. H. Brooke

No, Sir. As I explained in reply to my hon. Friend's recent Question about order books, this would be impracticable.

Mr. Leather

Is it not a fact that the Customs and Excise Regulations already allow visitors to bring in, completely free of tax, luxuries such as 28 oz. of liquor and 4 oz. of perfume? Would it not be a good idea to allow them to bring in 4 oz. of order forms to buy British ex ports?

Mr. Brooke

It is perfectly true that passengers are allowed to bring in small quantities of dutiable goods in the luggage which they bring with them, but what my hon. Friend asks for is that there should be a free entry for goods brought in as cargo.

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