HC Deb 01 May 1922 vol 153 cc949-50
5 and 6. Captain W. BENN

asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) whether the Government policy is that all Customs tariffs should be published in clear terms, as set forth in the London memorandum of the experts; whether in this event it is their intention to modify the German Reparations (Recovery) Act, under which the amount of duty payable cannot be determined without an examination of the value of the German constituents of an imported article;

(2) whether the policy of the Government was set forth in the London memorandum of the experts to the effect that within 12 months after substantial progress has been made in the restoration of a country's exchanges any special restrictions imposed on imports from that country on the ground of depreciated exchange should be removed; and whether, in this event, an amendment to the Safeguarding of Industries Act will be introduced?


The hon. and gallant Member has correctly quoted the draft resolutions embodied in Articles 40 and 43 of the Report of the Economic and Financial Experts. The adoption of the latter Article would not necessitate the modification of the German Reparation (Recovery) Act. The effect of Order No. 11 made under that Act is that no examination of the German constituents of an imported article is required, as suggested in the question. Nor would the adoption of the first Article involve the amendment of the Safeguarding of Industries Act, Section 9 of which already provides for the revocation of Orders.