HC Deb 27 April 1948 vol 450 c30W
63. Mr. Hurd

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what restrictions are placed on the admission, free of duty, of gift parcels from the U.S.A. and the British Commonwealth.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

To qualify for admission duty-free, private gift parcels must be unsolicited, contain foodstuffs only and weigh not more than 22 1bs. gross. Parcels containing well-worn, discarded clothing for the personal use of relatives and friends of the senders are also normally admitted without Customs charge. General gifts of relief goods, such as food and clothing, must be sent to approved organisations for charitable distribution; import licences may sometimes be required for such gifts.