HC Deb 07 March 1929 vol 226 cc561-2
45. Lieut.-Colonel GAULT

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will consider the abolition of the Import Duty on tea and the imposition of a countervailing Import Duty on corn, for the purpose of maintaining the national Revenue and at the same time protecting English agriculture from competition created by the importation of subsidised and other wheat without increasing the cost of living?


I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the Government pledge against the protective taxation of food.

Lieut.-Colonel GAULT

Does not the right hon. Gentleman think it is economically sound, when taxing for revenue purposes, to protect industry wherever possible?


I do not see any absolute incompatibility between the statement of my hon. and gallant Friend and the statement I have just made.


Has the right hon. Gentleman been made aware of the widespread demand from his own followers for an import duty on corn?