HC Deb 11 July 1961 vol 644 c193
18. Mr. Peyton

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will state the quantity and value of barley imported into this country during each of the last four months.

Mr. Maudling

As the answer contains a number of figures, I will, with permission, circulate these in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Peyton

Does my right hon. Friend realise that the very long delay in taking action to check this tremendous cascade of barley has primarily destroyed the last dwindling remains of confidence in this system? Can he say—because this must be made clear—why an application is necessary? Moreover, who is entitled to make application? Neither point is touched upon in the Act.

Mr. Maudling

As I explained to my hon. Friend the Member for Newbury (Sir A. Hurd) earlier, the Act makes it clear that we can impose anti-dumping duties only where there is evidence of material injury, actual or threatened, to an industry. The industry has the responsibility of giving us the information upon which we can make that decision.

Following is the information:

Tons £
February, 1961 91,993 1,795,460
March, 1961 129,576 2,354,299
April, 1961 125,433 2,329,859
May, 1961 104,143 1,915,097

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