HC Deb 20 February 1922 vol 150 cc1539-40W

asked the President of the Board of Trade if iodol is manu- factured in this country; if not, whether the only effect of the imposition of 33⅓ per cent. duty under the Safeguarding of Industries Act is to increase the cost of this antiseptic to all hospitals; and whether, under these circumstances, he will recommend that steps should be taken to exempt such articles from the operation of these restrictive duties?


So far as I am aware, Iodol is not manufactured in this country, but is a German product, consumed here only on a very small scale. No doubt in these circumstances the price tends to rise by the amount of the duty, The reply to the last part of the question is in the negative, and I would remind the hon. Member that an Amendment which would have enabled the course. suggested by him to be taken was considered during the Committee stage of the Safeguarding of Industries Act, but did not appear to be acceptable to the House.