§ 36. Mr. RONALD ROSS
asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the present price per cwt. of Irish Free State butter in the United Kingdom and in the Irish Free State, respectively?
§ Dr. BURGIN
Owing to the small quantity of butter imported into this country from the Irish Free State during the first three months of this year, quotations have not been recorded on the principal markets.
§ Dr. BURGIN
The actual fact is that in the first three months of this year the importation of butter from the Irish Free State amounted to less than one-quarter of 1 per cent. of our imports.
§ Sir P. HARRIS
Is not the Irish Free State a part of the British Empire, not to be treated as a hostile State?
§ The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the TREASURY (Mr. Hore-Belisha)
The average amount of duty on butter imported from the Irish Free State at the present time is about 19s. per cwt.
§ Lieut.-Colonel COLVILLE
The duty payable on United Kingdom butter on importation into the Irish Free State is £3 14s. 8d. per cwt. According to my information, butter imported for use in the manufacture of articles of food mainly for exportation is exempted from payment of this duty, but is subject to a levy proportionate to the export bounty payable on factory butter. Small quantities of Northern Ireland butter enjoy free importation under certain special conditions.