§ Mr. Heddle
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria are used by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise when selling by public auction or tender goods which have been seized from countries outside the European Economic Community which have exceeded the legal quota or for other reasons.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
It is the policy of Her Majesty's Customs and Excise to sell all seized goods which are considered to be in a saleable condition. Goods in excess of quota are sold subject to the condition that they are exported outside the European Community. Otherwise conditions are applied only if required by the nature of the goods, for example, the appropriate certificate or licence must be held for firearms and ammunition.