HC Deb 12 May 1909 vol 4 cc1822-3

asked the President of the Boad of Trarde if he will inform the House whether the tariffs of the United States are subject to annual alterations, or whether it is only on the election of a new President that the trades of that country are in suspense as to what may be the new arrangement of import duties?


The power of the United States Congress to revise the Customs Tariff is clearly not limited to annual revisions nor to revisions on the election of new Presidents. The present tariff has been in force since 1897, and the three previous tariffs were enacted in 1894, 1890, and 1883 respectively.