§ Mr. LIDDALL
asked the President of the Board of Trade if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the imports of optical instruments increased from 1667W £118,654 in the first half of 1932 to £197,961 in the same period of 1933, and to £223,012 in the first half of 1934; and what steps he proposes to take to deal with this rapid growth of importation?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
I am aware of the increased imports to which my hon. Friend refers. Optical glass and optical instruments are subject to a duty of 50 per cent. ad valorem under the Safeguarding of Industries Act, 1921, and any representations regarding goods not covered by that Act should be made to the Import Duties Advisory Committee.