HC Deb 17 February 1948 vol 447 cc185-6W
77. Mr. Teeling

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer why Mr. Brewster, an American visitor, spending only one night in this country on his way to France, was made to pay full duty on his dutiable goods, in dollars, as he had not enough sterling; was refunded the amount in sterling on the following day on his departure from Dover with the same goods, and was then informed that he could not take so much sterling out of England; what is being done to reimburse him; and whether he is aware how much damage to tourist travel this incident has caused in New York and elsewhere.

Sir S. Cripps

I am inquiring into this case and will write to the hon. Member in due course. Facilities, however, exist whereby a transit passenger may hand over his goods to a forwarding agent for removal under bond or if duty has been deposited he can get repayment by sterling cheque, which his bank will honour.

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