HC Deb 16 December 1952 vol 509 cc160-1W
83. Mr. Driberg

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer why Mr. W. Somerset Maugham has been advised that he must obtain a licence to import two books sent to him as an unsolicited gift by an American publisher, and that the books would be destroyed if the licence was not obtained within 28 days; and what action he has taken in this matter.

Mr. R. A. Butler

Import licences are not required for unsolicited gifts of books from abroad, if they are clearly so marked. As this package was not so marked, the addressee was informed that a licence was apparently required.

On receipt of Mr. Maugham's reply that the books were an unsolicited gift, the package was released for delivery on 25th November.