§ 23. Mr. Ralph Beaumont
asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the rate of duty levied upon corsets imported into the United States of America?
Corsets on importation into the United States of America are dutiable at 50 per cent. ad valorem or, if composed wholly or in part of elastic fabric, at 55 per cent. ad valorem, or, if ornamented with embroidery or lace, at 90 per cent.
§ 24. Mr. R. Beaumont
asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of corsets imported into the United Kingdom from the United States of America in each of the last five years?
As the answer involves a number of figures, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
My hon. Friend will have to judge from the figures. They appear to me to show some increase.
§ Mr. Sandys
Is my right hon. Friend aware that what the House really wants to know is whether there has been any appreciable restriction in volume?
§ Following is the answer:
§ Separate particulars of the imports of corsets are not available, but the numbers of corsets, corset-belts, brassieres and the like imported into the United Kingdom and consigned from the United States during the last five years were as follow: