HC Deb 31 March 1925 vol 182 cc1074-5
9. Mr. FENBY

asked the President of the Board of Trade if lie is aware that superphosphate is a necessary raw material of the agricultural industry; if he can state the amount of this commodity imported into this country during the last year; and on which of the grounds set out in the instructions to committees under the terms of the White Paper of 3rd February, 1925; the Fertiliser Manufacturers' Association were able to make out a prima facie case for investigation?


I am aware of the importance of the commodity in question to agriculture, and I understand that the Committee of Inquiry is to take evidence from the National Farmers' Union as representing that industry. The imports of superphosphate in 1924 amounted to 115,744 tons. As regards the last part of the question, the applicants fulfilled all the conditions necessary under the White Paper for establishing a prima facie case.


Is a duty on superphosphate part of the new agricultural policy of the Government?


I am waiting to see.

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