HC Deb 20 March 1899 vol 68 cc1331-2

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether he intends to introduce legislation for the purpose of imposing countervailing duties on bounty-fed sugar, in order to carry out the same policy in Great Britain and Ireland as has been declared to be that of the Government with regard to India, namely, to prevent a vast indigenous trade in Britain, based on enterprise and industry, from being undermined by the subsidised products of foreign countries?


Without discussing the question of countervailing duties in this country, I must point out to the honourable Gentleman that my noble Friend the Secretary of State for India in his answer referred to the fact that there was in India a great indigenous production of sugar, which under ordinary and natural conditions of trade might largely increase. As the honourable Gentleman knows, there is no indigenous production of sugar in this country.

MR. O'KELLY (Roscommon, N.)

was-understood to ask if butter was not an indigenous product?

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