HC Deb 26 February 1904 vol 130 c1156

To ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is; aware that, owing to the shilling export duty on coal, the producers of small coal have been compelled to sell it abroad at 6s., whereas, in innumerable instances, but for the export duty on coal, its export market value would have been 6s. 6d. to 6. 9d.; and whether, in these circumstances, he intends to retain the duty in its present form.

(Answered by Mr. Austen Chamberlain.) I have no official information which would enable me to reply to the earlier part of the hon. Member's Question. As regards. the latter part, I am not prepared to anticipate the Budget discussions.

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