Government Subsidies and Bounties.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland. – in the House of Commons at on 10 March 1925.

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Photo of Mr Alexander Livingstone Mr Alexander Livingstone , Ross and Cromarty

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if lie will give a list of the subsidies and bounties paid by His Majesty's Government during the year ended 5th April last to industries in the United Kingdom?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

With the hon. Member's permission, I will circulate the list in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Captain BENN:

Are those bounties the class of bounties that would justify other countries in imposing a countervailing duty?

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Reading

Are they similar to the bounties in respect of the Scottish fishermen?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

I had better read them out. The only payments of which I am aware of, that would fall under the description of subsidies and bounties to industries in the United Kingdom, are as follow, the figures relating to the financial year ended 31st March, 1924:

£
Scottish Office, Hebridean Steamer Services14,000
War Office, Light Horse Breeding Scheme31,862
War Office, Mechanical Transport320
Admiralty, Cunard Subsidy90,000
Air Ministry, Civil Aviation125,258
Sugar Beet, guarantee for Home Grown Sugar, Limited12,500
Corn Production, payments under Corn Production Acts (Repeal) Act, 1921; small romanet expenditure351

Photo of Mr Alexander Livingstone Mr Alexander Livingstone , Ross and Cromarty

is the right. hon. Gentleman not aware that the Hebridean mail service subsidy is much too low?