HC Deb 03 April 1951 vol 486 cc28-9
59. Mr. Ian Winterbottom

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will adopt a sliding scale for the calculation of drawback of duty on exported paper bags.

The Secretary for Overseas Trade (Mr. Bottomley)

As the trade interests concerned have already been informed, we are ready to consider this proposal sympathetically as soon as we receive from them certain additional information for which they have been asked.

Mr. Winterbottom

Is my hon. Friend aware that very valuable export trade is being lost as a result of the lack of this sliding scale? Will he do his best to get an early agreement with the trade?

Mr. Bottomley

We are awaiting a reply from the trade association and as soon as we get that we shall try to reach an agreement.