HC Deb 16 July 1906 vol 160 c1331
MR. BELLOC (Salford, S.)

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the recent increase in the duties upon English cottons imposed by the South African Colonies applies to goods now on the high seas and shipped before the increase was made known.


Yes, Sir. Under the law of the Cape Colony, Transvaal, and Natal when an increase is made in the Customs duty on any article after the conclusion of a contract for the sale or delivery of such article and no special provision for the increase is made in the contract, the seller, having paid the increased duty, may add the amount of the increase to the price and is entitled to be paid the amount and in case of default to sue for and recover it by process of law.