HC Deb 13 February 1922 vol 150 cc632-3W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention has been called to the cases in which certain foreign-made goods, including motor cars, have been shipped to the Isle of Man via British ports, thus escaping the British duty, and later on have been returned to this country as Manx property, thus escaping the duty chargeable on foreign goods into Great Britain; and, if so, will he take the necessary steps to guard the Revenue against similar evasions, both at the present time and in the future?


No, Sir. I am not aware of any such cases, and I understand that precautions are taken by the Customs to safeguard the Revenue against any leakage of the nature described; but if my hon. Friend knows of any instances in which these precautions have been evaded, my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer will be glad to have particulars in order that inquiry may be made.