HC Deb 24 April 1968 vol 763 cc60-1W
Dr. Winstanley

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what arrangements he has made to ensure that winter staff surpluses do not result from the need to recruit adequate Customs and Excise staff to cope with tourist traffic during the peak holiday months.

Mr. Harold Lever

Recruitment of permanent staff to the Waterguard Service, whose functions include the Customs clearance of travellers' baggage, is geared to the basic work load of the Service rather than to the peak passenger traffic. The upsurge of passenger traffic at certain places during the summer months is met by a variety of special measures. At times when the numbers required for baggage clearance are smaller, staff can be redeployed to other types of work.