HC Deb 21 October 1952 vol 505 cc103-4W
Dr. Bennett

asked the President of the Board of Trade what restrictions and regulations severally stand in the way of the dispatch to this country of unsolicited presents of ham or bacon from the United States of America; and if he can now lift all such restrictions.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

Bona fide unsolicited gifts of ham and bacon sent from the United States to individuals in this country for their personal use are admitted without import licence provided that they are clearly marked as gifts and that the weight does not exceed 22 lb. gross. There are at present no other United Kingdom restrictions or regulations.

I do not propose to remove the weight limit, which applies to all gifts, does not appear to cause hardship and provides a necessary safeguard against the abuse of the concession.