HC Deb 03 May 1926 vol 195 cc45-6W
Colonel DAY

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will furnish a return showing the industries that are protected under the Safeguarding of Industries Act, and the amount of imports in each industry up to the last convenient date?


The following statement gives information as to the imports of goods which are at present subject to safeguarding duties. The figures in Group (a) relate to the net imports retained for home consumption after deducting over-entries, re-exports under drawback, etc. The figures in Groups (b) and (c) relate to total imports.

Imports into Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

(a) Goods subject to duty under Part I of the Safeguarding of Industries Act, 1921 (Key Industries Duties):

Optical glass, optical elements and optical instruments 302,821
Beakers, flasks and other scientific glassware and laboratory porcelain 147,382
Galvanometers, pyrometers, balances and other scientific instruments and gauges 109,772
Wireless valves and similar rectifiers and vacuum tubes 145,790
Ignition magnetos and permanent magnets 196,806
Arc lamp carbons 24,660
Hosiery latch needles 55,855
Metallic tungsten and its products and compounds of thorium, cerium and other rare earth metals 55,740
Synthetic organic chemicals (other than dyestuffs, etc), fine chemicals and chemicals manufactured by fermentation processes 495,126
Total £1,633,942

Note.—The corresponding figures for each of the years 1921 to 1924 are given on pages 414–5 of Vol. II of the Annual Statement of the Trade of the United Kingdom for 1924.

(b) Goods subject to duty under the Finance Act, 1925. (Duties levied from let July, 1925):
1925. 1926.
July to Dec. Jan to March.
£ £
Lace and embroidery made on net or eliminable fabrics 377,106 188,229

(c) Goods subject to duty under the Safeguarding of Industries (Customs Duties) Act, 1925. (Duties levied from 1st January, 1926):
Jan to March.
Cutlery 45,545
Gloves of leather or fur 173,241
Fabric gloves of cotton 109,467
Mantles for incandescent lighting 13,972