§ * SIR CHARLES DILKE (Gloucestershire, Forest of Dean)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any customs duties have 923 been recently somewhat suddenly imposed on some and increased on other British goods imported into Zanzibar.
§ * MR. BRODRICK
On the 15th of September last a notification was issued by the Government of Zanzibar reimposing from and after that date a duty of 5 per cent. ad valorem on all goods, with certain specified exceptions, entering the port of Zanzibar. The exceptions were—coins, coals, hippopotamus teeth, ivory, rhinoceros horns and hide, rubber and tortoiseshell. The notification contained a proviso that goods, on which duty was not already charged, would, if at sea before September 15th, be admitted free. The notification was issued without previous warning.