§ CAPTAIN SINCLAIR (Forfar)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether, in addition to the new countervailing duties, German and Austrian sugar will still be subject to the general 5 per cent. impost duty; and what relation, at present prices, this duty bears to German and Austrian bounties?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Lord GEORGE HAMILTON, Middlesex, Ealing)
All sugar imported into India since 1894 has paid 5 per cent. ad valorem duty; and bounty-fed sugar will not, under the recent Act, become free from this duty. In reply to the second part of the honourable Member's Question, I can only give a very rough estimate; but the bounties on sugar imported into India from Austria and Germany may be taken on the average to be one-eighth of the value of the sugar; and, on this assumption, the 5 per cent. ad valorem duty would be about five-thirteenths of the amount of the bounty.