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The Commissioners of His Majesty's Customs and Excise have caused the followin; notice to be issued to the Press and other interesta parties: " In the matter of the Budget resolutions of the House of Commons passed in the year which commenced on the 1st day of April, 1909, for the increase of the duties of Customs and Excise on spirits and tobacco, and the duty of Customs on beer, for the continuance of the duty of Customs on tea, and for new duties of Customs and Excise on motor spirit, the Commissioners of his Majesty's Customs and Excise, acting upon directions received by them from the Lords Commissioners of his Majesty's Treasury, hereby give notice that, until the House of Commons shall resolve otherwise or a Finance Act for the year which commenced on the 1st, day of April, 1909, shall he passed, the payment of the duties or increase of duties of Customs and Excise which were granted by resolutions of the House of Commons passed since the 1st day of April, 1909, will after the date of this notice cease to be enforced upon the delivery of the goods to which the said resolutions relate. " But the person whose name and address are shown upon the Customs entry as importer of any such goods, or who takes delivery of any such goods without making a deposit with the said Commissioners of a sum of money equivalent to the duty or increase of duty as granted by the resolutions, and any person to whom any such goods may be consigned as owner, are respectively hereby notified that if Parliament shall hereafter determine that the duties specified in the said resolutions are to he paid as from a date antecedent to the delivery they will become liable to pay the duties. "The Commissioners recognize that it may be a convenience to persons taking delivery of any such goods to deposit at the time of delivery a sum equivalent to the duty or increase of duty upon the goods as granted by the said resolutions, and they are authorized by the Lords Commissioners of his Majesty's Treasury to give notice that they will he willing to accept a deposit of any such sum upon the terms that it, will be repaid if the duty shall not be charged as from the date of the delivery by an Act of Parliament to be hereafter passed. "Dated this 3rd day of December, 1909.
"Signed by Order of the Commissioners of Customs and Excise, (Signed) W. G. LEWIS, (Signed) J. P. BYRNE, Secretaries to the said Commissioners." Custom House, London.