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Dáil Éireann debate -
Wednesday, 30 Nov 1960

Vol. 185 No. 3

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Customs Duty on Christmas Presents.


asked the Minister for Finance if he is aware that much public resentment has been caused in previous years by the levying of customs duty on Christmas presents sent by post to Irish people by their relations working in Great Britain and abroad; and if he will arrange for the abolition of customs duty on bona fide Christmas gifts.

I have caused this whole question to be reviewed this year in consultation with the other Departments concerned. As a result I am satisfied that for administrative and other reasons the total abolition of duty on such parcels is not practicable. The concessions previously available have however been substantially extended and are now as set out in my reply to a Question asked by Deputy O'Malley on the 26th October last.