HC Deb 22 July 1958 vol 592 c24W
74. Mr. Langford-Holt

asked the President of the Board of Trade why it has been decided that duty of £100 must be paid on the import of an ultra-microtome from Sweden, needed for research into sclerosis; whether he has taken note of the fact that half the import cost is being borne by the Medical Research Council; and upon what medical advice the decision to impose the import duty was based.

Mr. Erroll

This instrument is subject to Key Industry Duty, and there is power to remit duty only if similar goods are not for the time being made in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. I am advised that a similar instrument is procurable in the United Kingdom. The case, therefore, does not qualify for remission of duty.

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