HC Deb 10 November 1921 vol 148 c620W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that on the arrival of a case of dolls, No. 723/897, from Bremen, per ss. "Phônix," on the 17th October, an officer of His Majesty's Customs refused to allow the package to be removed pending investigation of the actual number of dolls contained therein, and that after considerable delay the importers were allowed to remove the package on payment of Is. deposit in case it should be decided subsequently that duty was leviable; and whether he intends to take any action so that small items such as the above can be allowed to be imported with the payment of these small amounts?


So far as can be ascertained, no endeavour was made to obtain delivery of this case from the Customs officers at the dock until the 4th instant. The entry itself was not presented until the 2nd instant, and not completed by payment of the reparation levy and deposit until the 4th, the date on which the goods were actually delivered.