HC Deb 11 August 1881 vol 264 cc1532-3

asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether he is aware that under the Customs regulations it is prohibited to import into or to transmit from this Country to the British Colonies or the United States of America coffee mixed with chicory as an article of trade; and, if such be the case, whether he can take any steps to remove the restriction, now that chicory pays the same Duty as coffee?


As this Question relates to Customs regulations I have to answer it on behalf of the Treasury. It is the fact that the regulations do not permit the importation into, or the exportation from, this country of mixtures of ground coffee and chicory. This prohibition has been maintained for statistical purposes which are unaffected by the fact that the duty on coffee and on chicory is the same. But the Board of Trade has, at the instigation of my hon. Friend, made a representation to the Treasury on the subject, which will be carefully considered.