HC Deb 29 May 1941 vol 371 c2015W
Mr. A. Edwards

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he has any statement to make with regard to Customs duties on imports for Government use?

Captain Crookshank

Yes, Sir. After consultation with the Departments concerned my right hon. Friend is satisfied that there is scope for the abolition in present conditions of the duties on a number of articles, the bulk of which are imported for Government use. While the saving of time and labour to be gained thereby must not be exaggerated, my right hon. Friend considers that for what it is worth it should be secured. The list of duties involved is nearly completed, but before it is finally settled it is proposed to consult industrial representatives.