HC Deb 18 December 1908 vol 198 cc2230-1
MR. ALEXANDER CROSS (Glasgow, Camlachie)

To ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that 500 bags of cattle-feeding cake, imported at Grangemouth, are at present stopped by the Customs officers, who demand an import duty of £2 per ton; whether he is aware that this duty is claimed (although previous lots were passed without question) under the Customs tariff which provides a duty upon cocoa husks or shells of £2 per ton; and, seeing that these 500 bags of feeding cake cannot possibly be described as cocoa husks or shells, nor applied to any other purpose except the purpose of feeding cattle, nor used for anything at all in which the Revenue is concerned, will he order the immediate release of the cake to the owners.

(Answered by Mr. Lloyd-George.) I am informed that 500 bags of cattle-feeding cake, recently imported at Grangemouth and declared by the importer's agent to be free of duty, have been delivered out of Customs charge on a deposit of £55 to cover the import duty and any fine which the Board of Customs may decide to impose in respect of inaccurate description. Analysis of samples of this feeding cake disclosed the fact that it consisted of ground and compressed cocoa husks and shells, together with a certain amount of cocoa which had not been removed prior to

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