HC Deb 26 January 1971 vol 810 cc66-7W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer why, in view of the loss of many art treasures being sold to persons overseas by British persons, he declines to initiate a 50 per cent. export duty so far as the future is concerned.

Mr. Patrick Jenkin

The present licensing arrangements derive from the report of the Waverley Committee, and I understand that the Paymaster-General and the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, who have responsibility in this field, are satisfied that they provide a more effective control than would an export duty.