HC Deb 25 July 1890 vol 347 c900
ADMIRAL FIELD (Sussex, Eastbourne)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to Report 101 (Colonial), St. Kitts-Nevis, pages 9 and 10, recommending the abolition of the Import Duties on Food, and Export Duties on other articles; and whether the Secretary of State will give effect to the representations made therein by Mr. Eldridge in that respect?


The Secretary of State has read the Report referred to, which was written in 1887. Successive Secretaries of State, before and since the date of that Report, have impressed on the Governors of the Leeward Islands the expediency of abolishing or reducing the Import Duties on Food, but it has not hitherto been found possible to provide from other sources the revenue derived from these duties. The Export Duties in St. Kitts have been almost entirely abolished since the date of the Report in question, and the remainder will expire before long.