HC Deb 06 December 1967 vol 755 cc330-1W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that since October, 1964 there has been an increase in the import of one-armed bandits, juke boxes and similar types of amusement machines; and as devaluation will further increase the cost of these imports to Great Britain's dollar and foreign currency reserves, what action he proposes to take to prevent or limit the imports of these items of merchandise.

Mrs. Gwyneth Dunwoody

In 1964, coin or disc-operated amusement machines were imported to a c.i.f. value of £3.39 million. The figures for 1965, 1966 and for the first ten months of 1967 were £4 million, £3.96 million and £3.52 million, respectively. The full rate of import duty is now 20 per cent.ad valorem and gaming machine duty is also payable. In so far as importers have to pay higher sterling prices for these machines as a result of devaluation, the amount of import duty payable on each machine will also be increased. We do not propose to take any further action to limit these imports.