§ 76. Mr. LEONARD
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will take immediate steps to adjust the rates of drawback on Empire and non-Empire tobaccos so that the mathematical ratio to the duty paid shall be, as nearly as possible, the same for Empire and non-Empire tobacco; and that, from now on, if one must have an advantage over the other arising from fractional calculations, it shall be in favour of Empire instead of non-Empire tobacco since, for the last five years, non-Empire tobaccos have enjoyed such an advantage over Empire tobaccos amounting, during the last financial year alone, to approximately £233,000?
§ Mr. W. S. MORRISON
My right hon. Friend has noted the hon. Member's suggestion for consideration in the event of the rates of drawback being reviewed generally, but he is not prepared to introduce special legislation in the sense suggested.
§ Mr. LEONARD
Will the Financial Secretary keep in mind the fact that this matter has been before the Treasury for two years; and will they expedite any consideration that is to be given to it?