HC Deb 05 December 1950 vol 482 cc36-7W
57. Mr. Renton

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that sample equipment imported by manufacturers engaged in the export trade, is being charged Customs duty and Purchase Tax at full rates; and whether he will take steps to ensure that this discouragement to those engaged in the export trade is discontinued.

Mr. Gaitskell

I am not sure what the hon. Member has in mind. Section 11 of the Finance Act, 1950, provides for the duty-free admission of goods which are imported for the purpose of examination or tests with a view to promoting or improving the manufacture in the United Kingdom of similar goods. A further scheme will shortly be introduced under whichbona fide trade samples required for the promotion of our export trade may be admitted free of duty and Purchase Tax.