HC Deb 03 May 1934 vol 289 cc475-6
47. Lord SCONE

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware that the price of Scottish oats has again fallen to less than 15s. per quarter, mainly owing to Russian oats being landed at a price of 5s. per quarter; and if he will state what action he proposes to take to prevent the duty of 9s. per quarter, lately imposed on imported oats, from being thus nullified?

The SECRETARY of STATE for SCOTLAND (Sir Godfrey Collins)

I am aware of the situation on the oats market. The matter is engaging my attention on representations received from agricultural organisations in Scotland, but I am not in a position to make any statement at present.

Lieut.-Colonel HENEAGE

In view of those figures, will the right hon. Gentleman, for the benefit of Free Traders who are interested in the subject, make inquiries as to how the consumer pays the tax in this case?