HC Deb 17 October 1950 vol 478 c234W
63. Mrs. Mann

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer to what extent nylon stockings being sold to British women in single pairs by air mail and despatched from Gibraltar are subject to Purchase Tax and Custom Duties; how many parcels have been intercepted; and how much in tax and duty has been collected to date.

Mr. Jay

As to the liability of nylon stockings to duty and tax, I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to the hon. and learned Member for Ilford, North (Mr. Hutchinson) on 6th April last. Since last March 373,533 pairs of British-manufactured nylons and 7,517 pairs of foreign manufacture arriving from Gibraltar by post have been charged with a total of £58,660 Purchase Tax, and, where appropriate, duty. Steps have been and are being taken to check this traffic; and if necessary, they will be intensified.