HC Deb 27 January 1930 vol 234 cc601-2

asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department what the proposal is for an advance in the Australian tariff on boots, shoes and leather; and what will the percentage increase be upon prices of the above-mentioned goods produced in the United Kingdom for export to Australia?


The tariff revision proposals, which in accordance with the usual Australian practice are in force pending confirmation by the Commonwealth Parliament, include an increase in the duty on leather boots and shoes, boot and shoe uppers and tops under the British Preferential Tariff from 35 per cent. to 45 per cent. ad valorem, i.e., an increase of 10 per cent. of the value of the goods. Duties under the general tariff are being raised simultaneously from 45 per cent. to 60 per cent. ad valorem. No change is proposed in the duty on unworked leather.


May I ask whether the hon. Member has any evidence that these proposals of the Australian Government will be in any way modified as a result of the proposals made by the President of the Board of Trade for a two years Customs tariff truce?


I am afraid that I must have notice of that question.