§ MR. J. A. PEASE (Essex, Saffron Walden)
To ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state what was the total amount of the 1s. per quarter duty on corn repaid by the Treasury last year to those who held stocks of foreign corn in the United Kingdom; and what amount of the 838 remitted tax, if any, was paid to the producer of the imported corn.
(Answered by Mr. Austen Chamberlain.) The total amount of duty repaid under Section 1, Sub-section 4, of the Finance Act, 1903, to those who held stocks of grain, &c, on which duty had been paid, is £362,342 12s. 7d. The repayments were confined by the terms of the Act to persons proving to the satisfaction of the Customs that they had in their stock or possession on the appointed date grain or articles on which the duty had been paid. This provision obviously could not include any stocks remaining in the possession of the foreign producer at the time.