HC Deb 29 March 1934 vol 287 cc2132-3
18. Mr. CAPORN

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that no decision has been given in respect of an application to the Import Duties Advisory Committee for reconsideration of the Import Duties on cork, submitted to the committee on 9th May, 1933; and whether he will consult with the committee as to the action necessary to expedite their decisions in this and other applications?


I was not aware of the circumstances mentioned in the first part of my hon. Friend's question, but as was pointed out in reply to a question by the hon. and gallant Member for Bournemouth (Sir H. Croft) on the 20th December, 1932, adjudication upon cases in which application is made from time to time for variation of duty, requiring, as all such work does, thorough examination and a careful weighing of considerations, can only be done gradually if it is to be done properly.


Is my hon. Friend aware that there are very many instances in which there have been delays of this character, and that there is a feeling that it is becoming useless to apply to the committee, and cannot steps be taken to expedite procedure?


I am very sorry to hear that such an unfounded feeling can exist. I will convey to the committee what my hon. Friend says.