HC Deb 23 December 1929 vol 233 cc1940-1W

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if he is aware that consignors of sporting ammunition to certain parts of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland are required to pay a charge of some four or five shillings for obtaining a Customs permit or certificate before the goods are accepted by the steamer companies for conveyance to their destination; and why the Customs authorities impose this charge upon goods consigned from one part of Great Britain to another?


No such charge as that referred to is made by the Customs. Sporting ammunition is, however, an "explosive" as defined by the Explosives Act, 1875, and, if removed coastwise from one part of Great Britain to another, must under Section 139 of the Customs Consolidation Act, 1876, be entered with the Customs before shipment. It is possible that the charge in question may be one made by the shipping company for services rendered on behalf of the consignor in respect of such entry.