HC Deb 09 December 1931 vol 260 c1855

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that numbers of English people are prepared to commence manufacturing goods affected, and likely to be affected, by the Abnormal Importations (Customs Duties) Act, 1931, but that the fact that a review of the Act is promised to take place in six months' time makes the use of capital risky; and whether he will give an assurance that the taxes so far imposed under this Act will remain in operation for at least two years?


Section 7 of the Act provides that it shall continue in force for a period of six months and no longer; it has always been clearly understood that this was a Measure to meet an emergency and not to be regarded as part of the permanent policy of His Majesty's Government.