HC Deb 16 April 1889 vol 335 c607
MR. HOYLE (Lancashire, S.E., Heywood)

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies if, where Foreign Governments give bounties on the export of sugar, the article has at some point in its passage from the fields to the port of shipment paid Excise Duty; and, if so, is the bounty a drawback on its leaving the country of origin, or does the bounty exceed in amount the sum which the owner is out of pocket; and, if so, what is the percentage of excess, and does it arise from new processes in sugar refining since the Excise Duties were originally fixed?


In answer to the hon. Member I have to say that one form of bounty is the repayment of duty on the exportation of sugar in the nature of drawback. The other is the bonification of the actual duty paid, plus the amount which has not been paid by the exporter, but which is calculated on the difference between the actual and the legal yield of beet. The percentage of excess of the actual over the legal yield varies in different countries and in different circumstances, and may, in part, arise from new processes in sugar refining.