§ 14. Mr. FENBY
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the loss of trade now arising in the re-export of foreign commodities owing to the imposition of duties under the Safeguarding of Industries Act; and is he prepared to take action for securing that rebate can be obtained, especially in cases of split consignments, or the establishment of free ports?
The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the TREASURY (Mr. Guinness)
I have no information as to the first part of the question. I would point out that Subsection (1) of Section 12 of the Safeguarding of Industries Act already provides that on the exportation of goods on which Key Industry duty has been paid drawback equal to the amount of duty paid shall be allowed and, subject to compliance with Customs regulations, drawback is paid in respect of split consignments exported. If the hon. Member has in mind any particular case of difficulty and will communicate particulars to me, I will cause inquiry to be made.