HC Deb 05 July 1927 vol 208 cc1093-4

(for Mr. FENBY) asked the President, of the Board of Trade if he is aware that the the exemption orders applied for last year under Section 10 (5) of the Finance Act, 1926, in respect of hydroquinone, and lactic acid B.P., being products liable to duty under Part I of the Safeguarding of Industries Act, 1921, have not yet been issued; that his Department are refusing to issue these exemption orders although the products in question are still not made in His Majesty's Dominions and that, in consequence, hospitals and other consumers of these products which have to be imported are compelled to pay at least one-third more than would otherwise he the case; and will he take steps to issue the exemption orders in question forthwith?


An exemption order regarding hydroquinone was issued by the Treasury on 23rd June. Preparations for the manufacture in this country of B.P. lactic acid are well advanced, and the conditions for exemption laid down in Section 10 (5) of the Finance Act, 1926, are not therefore satisfied.