HC Deb 17 May 1966 vol 728 cc1094-5
2. Mr. Brewis

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer why the duty-free concession for travellers entering the United Kingdom has been increased from half a bottle to a whole bottle of spirits.

Mr. Diamond

To conform to international commitments affecting overseas visitors and to facilitate the passage through Customs of ever-increasing numbers of travellers.

Mr. Brewis

Could the right hon. Gentleman say how much this represents in terms of Scotch whisky being reimported into this country? Would it not be better to reduce the duty for people who take their holidays at home?

Mr. Diamond

No, Sir. It is better to conform, in the manner which I have already indicated, to the convenience of travellers coming either from Europe or from outside Europe.