HC Deb 03 April 1922 vol 152 c1818
20. Colonel P. WILLIAMS

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that very large sums of money have been paid as duty under the Safeguarding of Industries Act on imports of sugar of milk, which was improperly included in the Board of Trade's list; and whether this sum, now shown to have been improperly demanded and paid, will be returned to the importers, who have suffered considerable pecuniary loss by the Board of Trade's wrongful inclusion of this foodstuff in the list of fine chemicals?


I am aware that certain sums have been paid as duty as stated, As regards the second part of the question, I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the concluding portion of Subsection (5) of Section 1 of the Safeguarding of Industries Act, 1921.


Not having that reference before me, can the right hon. Gentleman tell us whether these duties, will be returned in the same way as the Land Value Duties were returned?


I am advised that under this provision of the Sub-section an Amendment of this kind, under such circumstances as those referred to, does not affect the validity of anything that was done before the Amendment.