HC Deb 03 April 1922 vol 152 cc1822-3
63. Major M. WOOD

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that acetone for industrial purposes is manufactured by two distinct processes, namely, from acetate of lime and by fermentation process; that both materials are identical; that they test on analysis exactly the same, and that it is impossible to tell the one from the other; that the former is not liable on importation to duty under Part I of the Safeguarding of Industries Act and that the latter is liable; and whether he can state how the liability to duty of such material when imported is determined?


I am aware that acetone, as sold, may be made by either of the two processes mentioned. The practicability of determinative tests of origin is under consideration, but should these be shown to be non-existent, the liability or non-liability of imported acetone to duty must be determined by such declaration by the importer as the Customs may deem sufficient.