HC Deb 17 November 1931 vol 259 cc670-1
65. Mr. LEWIS

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the present Government propose to take with regard to those Safeguarding Duties which were allowed to lapse by the last Government?

67. Mr. ALBERY

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if it is his intention to reimpose those Safeguarding Duties which have recently been removed?


These matters come within the scope of the general inquiry which the Government are undertaking.


Having regard to the careful inquiry made in each case before the duties were put on, will the right hon. Gentleman undertake that he will announce a decision to the House before we rise for the Christmas Recess?


No, Sir. I cannot give any such undertaking. I think that obviously these particular duties cannot be considered apart from the general question.


Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that the Safeguarding Duties not only have relation to the balance of trade but also to employment?


And will he bear in mind the pledges given at the last Election?

1928–29. 1929–30. 1930–31. Total.
£ £ £ £
Supreme Court Buildings (Sect. 34 of the Government of Ireland Act, 1920). 30,520 50,450 56,550 137,520
Parliament and public departments (Sect. 24) 153,500 191,200 223,400 568,100
Contributions under Unemployment Insurance (Northern Ireland Agreement) Acts, 1926 and 1929. 483,059 328,198 521,484 1,332,741
Total 667,079 569,848 801,434 2,038,361