HC Deb 27 February 1917 vol 90 cc1858-9W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that a fine of £50 was levied and, under protest, paid by Mr. S. Mendelson in respect of a parcel of diamonds seized by the Postal Censor and alleged to be of enemy origin and subsequently released by the Foreign Trade Department on being satisfied that such allegation was incorrect; and whether, having regard to this admission, he will direct the fine to be remitted and the amount refunded?


The fine imposed was not in respect of the origin of the diamonds, but on account of importation without licence, in contravention of the terms of the Royal Proclamation of 28th July, 1915. Mr. Mendelson accepted the option of a compromise fine in lieu of legal proceedings, and there appears to be no reason for remitting the fine.