HC Deb 20 June 1961 vol 642 c1171
39. Mr. Costain

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have passed through Her Majesty's Customs at the Port of Folkestone, both inwards and outwards, during each of the last three years.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

With permission, I will circulate the figures in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Costain

Does my right hon. and learned Friend realise that the Customs facilities at Folkestone have not been increased or altered for a number of years? Is he aware that they are a disgrace as experienced by people visiting this country? Would my right hon. and learned Friend arrange for them to be inspected so that he can see to it that his staff is working under satisfactory conditions?

Mr. Lloyd

The responsibility for this is that of the British Transport Commission, and I know that the Commission and my right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport are examining the matter urgently.

The following are the figures:

Year Passengers through Customs at Folkestone
Inwards Outwards
1958 385,595 347,253
1959 444,277 410,810
1960 452,705 406,661