HC Deb 11 August 1904 vol 140 cc332-3

Order read, for resuming adjourned debate on Question [5th August], "That the Bill be now read a second time."

Question again proposed.

MR. CALDWELL (Lanarkshire, Mid.)

said he objected to the difference which was made in the tobacco duties in the Isle of Man and in this country. Why should not the Isle of Man get the benefit of stripped tobacco? If stripped tobacco were a benefit to the manufacturers in this country, obviously it would also be a benefit to the manufacturers in the Isle of Man. He wished to know the reason for the discrepancy.

MB. LOUGH (Islington, W.)

asked if the hon. Gentleman would explain why the tea duty was not extended to the Isle of Man. He himself did not wish it extended; but merely wished to know the reason.


said there had always been differences in the duties in this country and in the Isle of Man; and, as the House was aware, there were differences at present. It was, however, obvious that it would be for the mutual convenience of this country and the Isle of Man if the duties were equalised as far as possible. That was the object of the Bill; and he would, therefore, ask the House to approve the Resolution.

Question put, and agreed to. Bill read a second time, and committed for to-morrow.