HC Deb 26 November 1964 vol 702 cc209-10W
36. Mr. Chichester-Clark

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in compliance with the principle set out in the White Paper that the 15 per cent. charge will not apply to basic raw materials for industry, he will take steps to remove this impost from casein, tariff item 35.01, when brought into Northern Ireland.

Mr. MacDermot

I would refer the hon. Member to the Answer that I gave to him on 19th November.

Sir W. Bromley-Davenport

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will arrange that the waiving of the 15 per cent. surcharge on books and magazines shall not apply to magazines and papers of an undesirable character.

Mr. MacDermot

No. Even if it were considered appropriate to limit the exemption from what is, after all, a temporary import charge in the way suggested, it would be impossible to frame a workable definition of "undesirable" which would command general acceptance. In so far as these publications are indecent or obscene or are horror comics, they fall within the standing prohibitions on importation.