§ 11.48 p.m.
That the Import Duties (Substitution) (No. 1) Order, 1933, dated the sixteenth day of November, nineteen hundred and thirty-three, made by the Treasury under the Finance Act, 1933, a copy of which was presented to tins House on the sixteenth day of November, nineteen hundred and thirty-three, be approved.
This Order is the first to be made under Section 16 of the Finance Act, 1933, which requires the Treasury by Order to provide for the substitution of a specific duty in place of the general ad valorem duty. There is no question under this Section of either raising or lowering the duty; the question is merely one of substituting a specific duty for an ad valorem duty. The Order proposes a duty on dead turkeys of 1d. per 1b., which is approximately equivalent to the present ad valorem duty of 10 per cent. The importers and the producers of turkeys desire this Order.
§ 11.50 p.m.
§ Mr. ATTLEE
I think there is something wrong with the Treasury figures, because, while 10 per cent. is 1d. per 1b., we find 30 per cent. is 4d. per 1b.
§ Mr. ATTLEE
I notice that dead turkeys are being given prior consideration in view of the approach of the importing season, which I suppose means the festive season. I understand from inquiries made that the actual effect of this will be—because the right hon. Gentleman said "approximately 10 per cent."—to put up the price by id per pound. That is the information which I have received from the trade. I understand that this will actually affect only the turkeys that are bought by the poorer sections of the community, where they buy turkeys at all, because the imported turkey is a small bird and comes mainly from those parts of Europe and South America in which we are particularly interested because of the large sums of money which some of our nationals have 1450 invested there. I understand that the real reason was that there was to be a very great influx of turkeys at that time; that owing to the unusually high price and to a, good season we are going to have a large amount of turkeys in the market. One idea of the Government as far as this Act is concerned is to try to restrict the entry of food into this country. I should like to have some assurance that these turkeys will not be shut out, and that if the Government cannot do anything towards replacing the cuts they might, as an indication of their good feeling, give us a turkey all round. It is characteristic of the Government that if they see a danger of food coming into the country in abundance or cheap they take the greatest possible pains to discourage its import. Never do they by any chance take any action which would lead to a larger consumption.
§ 11.53 p.m.
§ Mr. COCKS
What I want to know is whether the consumers of turkeys have to pay 4d. more a pound. A great many of us are looking forward to Chrsitmas, when we shall get rid of the National Government for a month; I understand that we are not going to meet again until 30th January, and we were thinking of taking a few turkeys to celebrate the fact that for a month at least we shall not have to cope with the problem presented by the National Government sitting opposite us. Have we to pay 4d. more a pound?
§ Question put.
§ The House divided: Ayes, 130; Noes, 42.1451
|Division No. 8.]||AYES.||[11.55 p.m.|
|Acland-Troyte, Lieut.-Colonel||Harvey. George (Lambeth, Kenningt'n)||Pybus, Percy John|
|Agnew, Lieut.-Com. P. G.||Hasiam, Sir John (Bolton)||Raikes, Henry V. A. M.|
|Albery, Irving James||Hore-Belisha, Leslie||Ramsay, T. B. W. (Western Isles)|
|Allen, Lt.-Col. J. Sandeman (B'k'nh'd)||Hornby, Frank||Reid, David D. (County Down)|
|Aske, Sir Robert William||Horobin, Ian M.||Reid, William Allan (Derby)|
|Balley, Eric Alfred George||Horsbrugh, Florence||Rickards, George William|
|Baldwin, Rt. Hon. Stanley||Hudson, Capt. A. U. M. (Hackney, N.)||Ropner, Colonel L.|
|Bateman, A. L.||Hunter, Dr. Joseph (Dumfries)||Rosbotham, Sir Thomas|
|Beaumont, Hn. R. E. B. (Portsm'th, C.)||Hunter, Capt. M. J. (Brigg)||Russell, R. J. (Eddisbury)|
|Blindell, James||James, Wing-Corn. A. W. H.||Rutherford, Sir John Hugo (Liverpil)|
|Bowyer, Capt. Sir George E. W.||Jones, Lewis (Swansea, West)||Sandeman, Sir A. N. Stewart|
|Braithwaite, Maj. A. N. (Yorks, E. R.)||Kerr, Lieut.-Col. Charles (Montrose)||Sanderson, Sir Frank Barnard|
|Braithwaite, J. G. (Hillsborough)||Leckie, J. A.||Sassoon, Rt. Hon. Sir Philip A. G. D.|
|Browne, Captain A. C.||Leech, Dr. J. W.||Shaw, Helen B. (Lanark, Bothwell)|
|Burghley, Lord||Liddall, Walter S.||Southby, Commander Archibald R. J.|
|Burnett, John George||Lloyd, Geoffrey||Spencer, Captain Richard A.|
|Campbell, Sir Edward Taswell (Brmly)||Lockwood, John C. (Hackney, C.)||Spens, William Patrick|
|Caporn, Arthur Cecil||Loder, Captain J. de Vere||Stevenson, James|
|Castlereagh, Viscount||MacDonald, Malcolm (Bassetlaw)||Storey, Samuel|
|Chapman, Col. R. (Houghton-le-Spring)||Macdonald, Sir Murdoch (Inverness)||Stourton, Hon. John J.|
|Cochrane, Commander Hon. A. D.||McEwen, Captain J. H. F.||Strickland, Captain W. F.|
|Colville, Lieut.-Colonel J.||McKeag, William||Sugden, Sir Wilfrid Hart|
|Conant, R. J. E.||McKie, John Hamilton||Tate, Mavis Constance|
|Cook, Thomas A.||Margesson, Capt Rt. Hon. H. D. R.||Templeton, William P.|
|Crooke, J. Smedley||Martin, Thomas B.||Thomas, James P. L. (Hereford)|
|Crossley, A. C.||Mayhew, Lieut.-Colonel John||Thomson, Sir Frederick Charles|
|Cruddas, Lieut.-Colonel Bernard||Mills, Major J. D. (New Forest)||Titchfield, Major the Marquess of|
|Davies, Edward C. (Montgomery)||Mitchell, Harold P. (Br'tf'd & Chisw'k)||Todd, A. L. S. (Kingswintord)|
|Dawson, Sir Philip||Mitcheson, G. G.||Train, John|
|Dickie, John P.||Moison, A. Hugh Elsdale||Wallace, Captain D. E. (Hornsey)|
|Duncan, James A. L. (Kensington, N.)||Monsell, Rt. Hon. Sir B. Eyres||Ward, Irene Mary Bewick (Wallsend)|
|Eastwood, John Francis||Morris, John Patrick (Salford, N.)||Ward, Sarah Adelaide (Cannock)|
|Elliston, Captain George Sampson||Morris-Jones, Dr. J. H. (Denbigh)||Warrender, Sir Victor A. G.|
|Elmley, Viscount||Nall-Cain, Hon. Ronald||Wells, Sydney Richard|
|Erskine, Lord (Weston-super-Mare)||Nation, Brigadier-General J. J. H.||Whyte, Jardine Bell|
|Essenhigh, Reginald Clare||Newton, Sir Douglas George C.||Williams, Herbert G. (Croydon, s)|
|Flint, Abraham John||Normand, Rt. Hon. Wilfrid||Willoughby de Eresby, Lord|
|Fraser, Captain Ian||North, Edward T.||Wills, Wilfrid D.|
|Fremantle, Sir Francis||O'Donovan, Dr. William James||Wilson, Lt.-Col. Sir Arnold (Hertf'd)|
|Goff, Sir Park||O'Neill, Rt. Hon. Sir Hugh||Womersley, Walter James|
|Goodman, Colonel Albert W.||Pearson, William G.|
|Graham, Sir F. Fergus (Cemb'rl'd, N.)||Penny, Sir George||TELLERS FOR THE AYES.—|
|Gretton, Colonel Rt. Hon. John||Petherick, M.||Lieut.-Colonel Sir Lambert Ward|
|Guinness, Thomas L. E. B.||Peto, Geoffrey K. (W'verh'pt'n, Bilston)||and Major George Davies.|
|Gunston, Captain D. W.||Powell, Lieut.-Col. Evelyn G. H|
|Adams, D. M. (Poplar, South)||Foot, Dingle (Dundee)||Maxton, James|
|Attlee, Clement Richard||Grenfell, David Rees (Glamorgan)||Milner, Major James|
|Banfield, John William||Grundy, Thomas W.||Parkinson, John Allen|
|Batey, Joseph||Hall, George H. (Merthyr Tydvil)||Price, Gabriel|
|Bevan, Aneurin (Ebbw Vale)||Harris, Sir Percy||Rea, Walter Russell|
|Brown, C. W. E. (Notts., Mansfield)||Holdsworth, Herbert||Roberts, Aled (Wrexham)|
|Buchanan, George||Johnstone, Harcourt (S. Shields)||Smith, Torn (Normanton)|
|Cape, Thomas||Lansbury, Rt. Hon. George||Tinker, John Joseph|
|Cocks, Frederick Seymour||Logan, David Gilbert||White, Henry Graham|
|Cripps, Sir Stafford||Lunn, William||Williams, Edward John (Ogmore)|
|Curry, A. C.||McEntee, Valentine L.||Williams. Thomas (York, Don Valley)|
|Daggar, George||McGovern, John||Wilmot, John|
|Davies, David L. (Pontypridd)||Maclean, Nell (Glasgow, Govan)|
|Dobbie, William||Mainwaring, William Henry||TELLERS FOR THE NOES.—|
|Edwards, Charles||Mallalieu, Edward Lancelot||Mr. John and Mr. Duncan Graham.|
That the Import Duties (Substitution) (No. 1) Order, 1933, dated the sixteenth day of November, nineteen hundred and thirty-three, made by the Treasury under the Finance Act, 1933, a copy of which was presented to this House on the sixteenth day of November, nineteen hundred and thirty-three, be approved.