HC Deb 03 April 1922 vol 152 cc1816-7
17. Dr. MURRAY

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is in a position to say why the Referee has decided that the calculating machine known as the Loga is liable for duty under the Safeguarding of Industries Act whilst other calculating apparatus are not so dutiable; and whether he will consider the desirability of either bringing all calculating apparatus under the tax or having them all excluded?


The Referee decided that calculating cylinders, of which the Loga-Calculator is only one particular type, are properly included under the heading of scientific instruments in the Schedule to the Act. I have no power to exclude from the operation of the Act any commodities covered by the headings of the Schedule, but if the hon. Member thinks that any types of calculating apparatus which are properly dutiable have been omitted from the list issued by the Board of Trade, and will furnish me with details, I shall be glad to consider the matter.