HC Deb 21 March 1963 vol 674 c83W
39. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware of the newly-designed float, designed and made in France, which provides new facilities for trawl fishing and with which Aberdeen trawlers, after experiment, have obtained good results, that 20 were ordered by Aberdeen Motor Trawlers Limited through Industrial Maritime Riggers (Hull) Limited, that they arrived in England on 24th November, 1962, but were not released from Customs till 28th January, 1963, and that this delay has caused loss; and if he will take steps to have future similar orders passed by Customs without delay.

Mr. du Cann

As I have already explained in writing to the hon. and learned Member, no responsibility for this delay was attributable to the Customs. They released the goods on the day the duty was paid, and no request for release in advance of such payment was made to them.