HC Deb 15 May 1934 vol 289 cc1609-10

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Import Duties Advisory Committee have issued any report in respect of the imposition of specific duties on imported fruit pulp in place of the present ad valorem duties; and, if so, what decision has been reached by the Government in regard to this matter?

The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER (Mr. Chamberlain)

A recom- mendation has been received from the Committee regarding "fruit preserved by chemicals or artificial heat (other than fruit preserved in sugar)," which includes the fruit pulp to which my hon. Friend refers, but, in accordance with the statement made in the House by my hon. and gallant Friend the Secretary of the Overseas Trade Department on the 28th March last, a decision on this recommendation is being deferred pending the discussions which are proceeding with the Netherlands Government.