HC Deb 31 July 1956 vol 557 c1124
6. Mr. Holt

asked the President of the Board of Trade what answer he has given to the request of the National Farmers' Union for an increased import duty of 4d. a pound or 12½ per cent. ad valorem whichever is the greater, upon all seeds for sale; and what steps he has taken to consult all cultivators.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

No decision has yet been taken on this application, the examination of which is still proceeding. It is open to any interested party to submit their views to the Board of Trade and a notice inviting representations was published on 16th June.

Mr. Holt

Can the President say whether he has had any answer to that notice, and would he bear in mind that only about 5 per cent. of farmers grow these seeds and that about 95 per cent. use them, and that it will be greatly against the interests of all users of seeds if the tariff is increased?

Mr. Thorneycroft

We will bear all these considerations in mind, but I do not want to comment on this matter while it is under discussion and consideration.