HC Deb 21 February 1963 vol 672 c84W
52. Mr. Gresham Cooke

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of Customs revenue lost because persons enjoying diplomatic immunity in Great Britain can import foreign-produced whisky and other spirits free of such duty; and whether, in view of the fact that if such persons were able to obtain Scotch whisky free of Excise Duty, any resulting loss in Excise Duty revenue would be offset by an approximately similar reduction in the loss of Customs revenue, he will re-examine this matter.

Mr. du Cann

About £290,000 a year. The answer to the second part of the Question is "No." The immediate cost is not the main consideration.