§ 62. Sir H. SAMUEL
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the total sum that has been paid in Excise Duty on beet-sugar produced in the United Kingdom since the introduction of the subsidy; and what sum would have been paid in taxation on an equal quantity of sugar if imported from Empire countries and if imported from foreign countries, respectively?
§ Mr. HORE-BELISHA
The total amount of Excise Duty paid on beet-sugar produced in the United Kingdom from the 1st October, 1924, to the 31st October, 1933, was £10,981,000. The duty which would have been payable at the ordinary preferential rates on a similar quantity of imported sugar of Empire 1313 origin is £11,456,000, and at the full rates on a similar quantity of sugar of non-Empire origin, £22,968,000.
§ Sir H. CROFT
Will the hon. Gentleman consider the desirability of imposing a tariff in place of the present arrangement?