HC Deb 06 April 1950 vol 473 c167W
14. Mr. J. Grimston

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he proposes to take to allow the import of goods which are held up by the Customs because they cannot obtain import licence, to enable these goods to help our economic recovery.

Mr. H. Wilson

Importers have frequently been warned that application for an import licence should be made well in advance of the arrival of the goods for which a licence is required: to issue licences merely because such goods have arrived would give careless or unscrupulous importers an unfair advantage over those who endeavour to comply with the proper procedure and would frustrate the purpose for which imports are controlled. Goods requiring import licences are liable to seizure if no licence is issued, in which case they would normally be sold thus helping both the economy and the revenue.