HC Deb 17 February 1911 vol 21 cc1514-5W

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can state what change was brought about in the duty on cream by the Payne Tariff; and what has been the effect of any change in Canadian exports to the United States and upon the price of butter in the United States and in Canada?


The Payne Tariff came into force in the United States of America in August, 1909, and under it the import duty on cream was reduced from 2 cents per pound to 5 cents per gallon, equivalent to about one-fourth of the former rate. Since the date mentioned an important trade in cream from Canada to the States has developed, but I am not in a position to form any opinion as to the effect, if any, which this has had upon the prices of butter in Canada or the United States.