HC Deb 13 June 1950 vol 476 cc5-6W
71. Mr. Teeling

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the approximate number of pensioned Customs officials resident in this country; and whether he will consider seeking volunteers from their number in order to provide Customs facilities for day voyages across the Channel between Brighton and other South Coast resorts and French ports, respectively, during the forthcoming summer season.

Sir S. Cripps

There are about 110 preventive officer pensioners over 70 years of age, and about 100 under 70 years of age. It would not be practicable to mobilise additional pensioner volunteers as suggested beyond those already assisting at the regular ports. Apart from shortage of staff, other difficulties, such as lack of accommodation and facilities at the points of embarkation and disembarkation, stand in the way of these trips being allowed.