HC Deb 05 June 1962 vol 661 c41W
Mr. Worsley

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the principal changes in tariff made by the United Kingdom Government on Commonwealth goods since the Ottawa Agreement.

Mr. Erroll

There have been no major changes. Imports from the Commonwealth, with few exceptions, were admitted duty-free at the time of the Ottawa agreements and on these goods no new protective duty has since been imposed. The only imports from the Commonwealth now liable to protective duty are goods on which the former Silk and Artificial Silk Duties were imposed and goods liable to the former "McKenna" Duties (motor vehicles, musical instruments, clocks and watches, and certain cinematograph films). The preferential rates of duty on these goods have been reduced to some extent when reductions in the corresponding most-favoured-nation rates of duty have been conceded in G.A.T.T. tariff negotiations since 1947.

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