HC Deb 08 March 1927 vol 203 cc1016-7
1. Mr. FENBY

asked the President of the Board of Trade if, in view of the failure of his Department to deal with the large number of applications made since last August under Section 10 (5) of the Finance Act, 1926, for orders exempting key industry products from liability to duty under Part I of the Safeguarding of Industries Act, 1921, on the ground that they are not made in the British Empire, he will set up a committee representative of manufacturing and consuming interests to deal with them so that consumers may be relieved at an early date from having to pay 33 ⅓ per cent. duty on products that have to be imported, as they are not made here, after six years of safeguarding?


There has been no such failure as the hon. Member suggests. All the applications which have been received have been fully considered by the Board of Trade. An Order under Section 10 (5) of the Finance Act, 1926, giving effect to the recommendations of the Board and exempting certain articles from duty, was made by the Treasury yesterday.