§ Mr. PIELOU
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether it is the intention of the Government to continue the retention of import duties under the Safeguarding of Industries Act, which comes up for renewal or otherwise on the 1st August?
I have been asked to reply. The hon. Member is under a misapprehension. The Safeguarding of Industries Act provides that any duties imposed under Part II thereof on the ground of depreciation of foreign currency shall cease to operate on the 19th August next, and legislation would accordingly be required to continue them in operation after that date. On this point I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member for Macclesfield (Mr. Remer) on the 8th April, a copy of which I am sending him.