HC Deb 28 March 1922 vol 152 cc1135-6

The following question appeared on the Order Paper in the name of Mr. KILEY:

60. To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer the total amount collected under the Safeguarding of Industries Act from 1st October, 1921, to 31st March, 1922; what proportion was received from goods imported from France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, America, and Japan; and what amount has been refunded by his Department as having been paid under protest or otherwise?


This question should not have appeared until 4th April, but if the Chancellor of the Exchequer has the figures up to date, I shall be glad to have them.


The total amount of duty collected under Part I of the Safeguarding of Industries Act, 1921, from the 1st October, 1921, to the 25th March, 1922, inclusive, is £134,235. Of this amount £19,864, £4,112, £2,540, £3,901, £27,607, and £640 was collected in respect of goods consigned from France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, the United States, and Japan, respectively. As regards the last part of the question, approximately £1,500 has been repaid.


Has the right hon. Gentleman any idea as to the cost of the collection of these sums?


That does not arise out of the question.