HC Deb 17 January 1974 vol 867 cc137-8W
26. Sir C. Taylor

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what instructions have been given to the Department of Customs and Excise about the importation of obscene books and films ; what books are now on the banned list ; and why "Last Tango in Paris" and "Blow Out" were allowed to be imported into the country by his officers without examination.

Mr. Higgins

In operating the prohibition against the import of indecent or obscene articles, Customs are guided by the relevant legal decisions. Control is not exercised on the basis of comprehensive lists. Lists issued to Customs officers of books the import of which may be prohibited are for guidance only. Copies of the two films mentioned by my hon. Friend were cleared through Customs under normal procedures.