HC Deb 05 December 1950 vol 482 cc37-8W
68. Mr. Bell

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what arrangements are in force regarding the dispatch by persons in this country of duty-free presents of cigarettes and tobacco to British soldiers in Korea; and in what respect these arrangements differ from those normally regulating the despatch of such presents to British troops serving in an overseas theatre of war.

Mr. Gaitskell

Cigarettes and tobacco, including presents for British soldiers in Korea, qualify for relief from duty when exported by licensed manufacturers. In the case of parcels sent by post the minimum quantity for this purpose is 2 lb. weight. During the recent world war this quantity was reduced in respect of parcels despatched to British troops serving overseas, and I am considering whether such arrangements, which involve some administrative complication, should be introduced in the case of our troops in Korea.