§ The £4 a cwt. duty upon imported hops has been in existence since the wartime hop control ended in 1925. It expires in August next. It has had a very valuable effect. It stabilised the home market, and I do not think it has done any harm to any of the interests concerned, and, in consultation with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, I propose to renew it for another four years, subject in all respects to the same conditions as before.