§ Mr. Biggs-Davison
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what passes are issued by Her Majesty's Customs in Northern Ireland for persons, vehicles or freight entering the United Kingdom from the Irish Republic; and what Customs 337W examinations now take place in Northern Ireland.
§ Mr. Robert Sheldon
Persons living within five miles of either side of the border may make application for a Customs pass to permit them to drive a private vehicle across the border on an unapproved road. Such a pass permits the holder to cross the border on an unapproved road for limited purposes and subject to conditions. Customs passes are not required for commercial vehicles, for freight, or for the use of private vehicles on approved roads. The scale of Customs examination of cross border traffic is on the same basis as in other parts of the United Kingdom.