§ Major CRAWFURD
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware of the delay at the ports in handling dutiable silk goods and the consequent loss and inconvenience to traders; and whether steps are being taken, particularly with regard to the definition and classification of dutiable silks, to remedy this state of things?
§ Mr. FORREST
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if he is aware of the delay in getting delivery from the ports of goods affected by the silk duties; and whether, in the circumstances, he will instruct the customs authorities to issue a definite explanation of the duties.
I would refer the hon. Members to the reply given yesterday to the hon. Member for the West Leicester Division (Mr. Pethwick-Lawrence). Printed notices explaining the duties have already been circulated to the public and I am sending the hon. Members copies of them. If they will let me know the points on which they think further explanation is necessary the matter will be considered.