HC Deb 06 February 1939 vol 343 c643
86. Mr. De Chair

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury how much money is raised annually by tariffs on articles of imported foodstuffs which are also grown in this country?

Captain Wallace

It is not possible to give a precise figure, but the answer is approximately £29,000,000 for the year ended 31st March, 1938.

Mr. De Chair

May we assume, therefore, that there is approximately that sum available for the protection of agriculture?

Captain Wallace

My hon. Friend may draw his own conclusions.

Mr. Alexander

Is it not a fact that that sum has been overspent in subsidies to the industry?

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