HC Deb 03 April 1922 vol 152 cc1882-4W

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether reparation tax was collected at Aberdeen by the British Customs authorities in January and February in respect of fish landed from German vessels; whether a refund of the amount collected is now under consideration and, if so, what is the reason for this; whether fish landed from German vessels comes within the provisions of the German Reparation (Recovery) Act; and, if not, whether the Government will propose an Amendment to the Act, with a view to the inclusion of fish within its terms?


I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Whitechapel (Mr. Kiley) by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury on the 30th ultimo, which explains the circumstances which govern the liability to reparation levy of fish landed from German trawlers. If evidence is forthcoming that the levy has been erroneously collected on certain consignments of fish landed at Aberdeen from German trawlers, it will be refunded.