HC Deb 22 February 1945 vol 408 cc974-5W
Miss Ward

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if he is aware of the dissatisfaction caused by the import duty and Purchase Tax imposed on personal presents sent from U.S.A., often resulting in a charge on the gift of its value; and will he consider allowing these gifts into this country on the same basis as food parcels.

Mr. Peake

I am afraid I could not agree to exempt personal presents from the U.S.A. from the import duty and Purchase Tax imposed by law. Foodstuffs are not chargeable with Purchase Tax, but it is not the case that all food parcels sent as presents are treated as exempt from import duty.