HC Deb 01 March 1926 vol 192 cc1041-2W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that a duty of 33⅓ per cent. has been levied under the Safeguarding of Industries Act upon a parcel of crude calcium molybdate imported into this country, and that this is used as a substitute for ferro molybdenum as an alloying compound in the manufacture of steel; and whether, having regard to the fact that ferro molybdenum and the ores of molybdenum do not exist in this country, and are therefore admitted free, he will state why calcium molybdate, which als does not exist in this country, is no placed in the same classification?


Calcium molybdate is included in the list of articles issued by the Board of Trade under Section 1 (5) of the Safeguarding of Industries Act, 1921, and is therefore chargeable with duty on importation. No complaint as to the inclusion of this item in the list was made within the prescribed period. I should add that calcium molybdate can be manufactured in this country from imported duty-free materials.