§ 9. Mr. Barber
asked the President of the Boa rd of Trade whether he will give the figures for the importation of goods covered by the 15 per cent. or 10 per cent. import surcharge over the last available seven months of 1964–65 compared with the same period of 1954–55, 1958–59, 1961–62 and 1963–64.
§ Mr. Barber
In view of the statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Tuesday about limiting imports of manufactured goods, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman to tell the House what he now considers to be the prospects for reducing and eventually abandoning the import surcharge?
§ Mr. Barber
Would the right hon. Gentleman answer my question? I asked what prospects there were of reducing and eventually abandoning the surcharge? The right hon. Gentleman has made observations about this in the past. I should like to know, in view of the Chancellor's statement, whether there is any change in those prospects.
§ Mr. William Clark
In view of the fact that when it was introduced the Government said that it would result in a saving of £300 million in imports, and as we have had it for eight months, can the right hon. Gentleman say whether that will be obtained or not?
§ Following is the answer:
|UNITED KINGDOM IMPORTS|
|Goods liable to the Temporary Charge on Imports*|
|Period||£ million||Percentage of total Imports|
|* The figures given do not exactly correspond to the categories liable to the charge, but represent a close approximation to them.|