11. Mrs. WINTRINGHAM
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the recommendation of the Committee on glassware that cruet bottles imported by electro-plate and silversmiths for the purpose of being mounted should be exempted from the proposed duty; whether he is aware that, in the case of sets of six bottles in cruets, the vinegar bottle is not mounted, but is imported with a glass stopper, and that in such a case this bottle would be liable to duty unless specially excepted; and whether he would be prepared to take the necessary action to provide that all cruet bottles shall be free from duty?
§ Mr. BALDWIN
The hon. Member is, I think, under a misapprehension. Cruet bottles are not included among the articles which will be dutiable under the draft order.
12. Mrs. WINTRINGHAM
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can state the quantities and values of glass bottles imported during the years 1913, 1920, and 1921, respectively, for use in the perfumery trade; and if he can give statistics as to exports of perfumery from this country during the years 1913, 1920 and 1921, respectively?
§ Mr. BALDWIN
As the answer is somewhat long, perhaps the hon. Member will allow me to circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Following is the answer:
§ Importers of glass bottles are not required to specify the purpose for which such goods are destined after importation, and consequently it is not possible to give the figures required by the first part of the question.
§ As regards the second part of the question, the following statement shows the quantities and values of perfumery and perfumed spirits exported from the United Kingdom in the years 1913, 1920, and 1921.7
|(a) OF UNITED KINGDOM MANUFACTURE|
|—||Perfumery, containing Spirit.||Perfumery, other sorts.||Spirits, perfumed, in bond.||spirits, perfumed, not in bond.|
|(ii) Declared Values.|
|(b) OF FOREIGN AND COLONIAL MANUFACTURE|
|Perfumery, containing Spirit.||Perfumery, other sorts.||Spirits, perfumed.|
|(ii) Declared Tallies.|
|The foregoing particulars include cosmetics and toilet requisites and articles used in the manufacture of perfumery, cosmetics, etc., except essential oils and soap.|
|(a) Recorded by value only.|
|(b) Exports, if any, not separately recorded.|
§ 21. Dr. MURRAY
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will request the Committee appointed by him to consider the advisability of imposing a duty on imported bottles, and to omit from their consideration all kinds of bottles which have been previously dealt with by the Committee over which Professor Sir William Ashley presided?
§ Mr. BALDWIN
The answer to the first part of the question is in the nega- 8 tive. The advisability or otherwise of imposing a duty is a matter not for the Committee to consider, but for the Board of Trade and this House As regards the second part of the question, I would point out to the hon. Member that paragraph 5 of the Report of the Glassware Committee, presided over by Sir William Ashley, explicitly states that, products of the bottle-making industry were not brought within the purview of that Committee.