HC Deb 29 October 1919 vol 120 cc710-1W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether instructions have been given for the imposition forthwith of a preferential tax of £2 per ton on oilseed products from the Gold Coast Colony; and, is so, whether he will state the object of imposing this tax?

Lieut.-Colonel AMERY

A duty of £2 per ton has been imposed upon palm kernels exported to destinations outside the British Empire, but on no other oilseed products. The object of the duty is to ensure that the trade in palm kernels does not revert to Germany, where it was almost entirely centred before the War.