HC Deb 04 November 1966 vol 735 cc194-5W
Mr. Onslow

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT a table showing, Department by Department, the staff changes which were responsible for the increase in the number of non-industrial civil servants, excluding those in the Post Office, of 19,500 between October, 1964, and July, 1966.

Mr. MacDermot

The numbers of staff on post on 1st October, 1964, and 1st July, 1966, in Departments with more than 1,000 staff are shown below. In some cases the change in numbers reflects a reallocation of functions between departments or a reclassification of staff.

Customs versus Salamon, on the payment of import duty on cameras, he will instruct Her Majesty's Inspectors of Customs to cease forthwith the practice of discrimination between trading companies and individuals in respect of this or any other duty, unless such discrimination is specifically sanctioned by Act of Parliament.

Mr. Diamond

The Customs have already modified their practice in this matter in the light of the decision of the Court.

Mr. Ian Lloyd

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the additional revenue which has accrued to Her Majesty's Customs and Excise over the last five years as a result of their policy of discrimination between persons and trading companies in the import of cameras and all other such items over which such discrimination has been exercised in the determination of duty payable.

Mr. Diamond

It is not possible to ascertain the amount, but it is certainly quite small.