§ 19 and 20. Mr. Murray
asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) what is the total number of pin-table and fruit machines imported in the last five years;
(2) what was the cost in dollars in each of the last five years for the import of pin-table and fruit machines.
§ Mr. Murray
I should like my right hon. Friend to give us a total figure at some time and to consider whether the import of pin-table and fruit machines is of any value whatsoever in our present economic circumstances.
§ Mr. Jay
I presume that those who purchase them and import them consider that they are of some value to them. As to the general question, the previous Government removed import quotas from all these sorts of goods, and it is very much more difficult to re-establish them once they are removed than to keep them there.
§ Mr. Bagier
Would my right hon. Friend, having allowed the import of these machines, refer to the Chancellor of the Exchequer the possibility of taxing the income from them, because that way he would hit a considerable jackpot?
§ Sir R. Thompson
Are not these machines available and manufactured in this country? Before the right hon. Gentleman takes any drastic steps about 669 them, will he realise that a large percentage of the income of both political parties comes from these machines?
§ Following are the available figures:
|IMPORTS OF ALL COIN AND DISC-OPERATED AMUSEMFNT MACHINES|
|Year||Total Imports||Imports from U.S.A.|
§ The dollar cost of these imports is not known.