HC Deb 16 June 1959 vol 607 c15W
15. Mr. H. Wilson

asked the President of the Board of Trade what evidence he has received of direct or indirect subsidies to exports from Western Germany as a result of the tax rebate system in force in that country; and what action, whether at the meeting of the members of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, or otherwise, Her Majesty's Government propose to take in the matter.

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

The right hon. Gentleman is presumably referring to the refund of turnover tax in respect of goods exported from Western Germany. This does not constitute an export subsidy unless the rebate exceeds the amount of tax paid on the same product if sold for internal consumption.