§ 34. Mr. H. WILLIAMS
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can state the approximate percentage change in the volume of retained imports of wholly or mainly manufactured goods in Class III, which are dutiable under the Import Duties Act, in the year 1933 as compared with the year 1923?
§ Dr. BURGIN
The answer asks for the approximate percentages, and there is a good deal of information.
§ Mr. LIDDALL
Is the Minister aware that spare parts—steel and bi-metal—are still on the 25 per cent. list and that customers' factories and mills are closing down awaiting the spares French manufacturers cannot supply?
§ Following is the answer:
§ I regret that the precise information desired is not available. The volume of retained imports during 1933 of all articles wholly or mainly manufactured was 12.4 per cent. less than in 1924. Comparison with 1923 is impracticable owing to the different statistical treatment of the Irish Free State in that year. The value of articles wholly or mainly manufactured dutiable only under the Import Duties Act, which were entered for home consumption during the period March to December, 1932, amounted to £62.2 million, or 54 per cent. of the total value of retained imports of all such articles during the same period. Of this amount, £13.1 million represents the value of Empire goods admitted free of duty. Corresponding particulars in respect of 1933 are not yet available.
§ Mr. HORE-BELISHA
My right hon. Friend does not think that in the interests of the industries concerned it would be desirable to publish a special list of goods upon which import duties may be in contemplation.