HC Deb 23 March 1922 vol 152 cc661-2
46. Sir E. NICHOLL

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he has received any complaint that arsenious acid is being imported into this country under the name of arsenic or powdered white arsenic, which corresponds with the definition of the arsenious acid which is dutiable according to the list of the Board of Trade drawn up under the provisions of the Safeguarding of Industries Act (List H), and that such imports are not bearing the duty imposed by the Act?


A complaint has been made that arsenious acid which is being imported under the names mentioned by my hon. Friend is, in fact, of the grade included in the Board of Trade list, and is therefore chargeable with duty. I am, however, unable to agree that the heading in question covers ordinary refined white arsenic of the grades generally used in industry.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the seriousness of this arsenic matter to the Cornish miner, and that this other arsenic is allowed to come in duty free while they are starving?


I am quite aware of the serious state of that industry, and I think I have told my hon. Friend by letter that it is open to anyone who thinks I am taking a wrong course to appeal to the referee.

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