HC Deb 07 May 1925 vol 183 c1180W

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that thousands of arms, including toy pistols which are easily convertible into dangerous weapons, are freely entering this country by parcels post; and whether arms sent to this country by this means are included in the Returns of Customs and Excise and are classified as arms?


Lethal firearms and other lethal weapons from which a missile can be discharged are prohibited to be imported except under licence, and I have no reason to think that importations of such articles without licence are taking place through the parcels post, but if the hon. Member will be good enough to furnish any instances of which he may have knowledge, I will have inquiries made. Separate statistics of arms imported through the parcels post are not kept by the Customs and Excise Department.