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Oral Answers to Questions — Safeguarding of Industries Act. – in the House of Commons on 19th June 1922.

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Mr. T. THOMSON:

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the confusion prevailing at the different ports as to what goods are now covered by the Safeguarding of Industries Act, he will revise the list published by him in September last, seeing that many commodities which are not specified in that list have now been held to be taxable, whilst a number which were in the list have been held by the referee to be improperly placed therein?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

I am not aware of any serious confusion of the kind suggested by the hon. Member, but if he will furnish me with specific instances, I shall be glad to consider them in consultation with the Commissioners of Customs.

Mr. THOMSON:

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that traders as a whole are in a complete state of confusion as to what they may or may not do under this Act?

Photo of Mr James Kiley Mr James Kiley , Stepney Whitechapel and St George's

Is the right hon. Gentleman not, aware that there are several thousands of articles on which duties are levied which are not in the list?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

I have asked my hon. Friend to give me specific details.