§ Mr. P. Roberts
asked the President of the Board of Trade what arrangements have been made this year for the importation of asparagus from abroad; and what are the rates of duty applicable for the various importing dates.
§ Mr. P. Thorneycroft
Fresh asparagus may be imported this year under open general licence from a number of European and other sources except between 16th April and 30th June during which period imports will not exceed 100 tons and will be made under licences issued to individual importers.
The rates of duty on imports of asparagus from foreign countries are as follows:
- 1st January to the last day of February—4d. per lb. or 10 per cent. whichever is the less.
- 1st March to 15th April—1½d. per lb. or 10 per cent. whichever is the less.
- 16th April to 30th June—4d. per lb.
- 1st July to 31st December—10 per cent. general ad valorem duty.