Clause 7. — (Short title, construction and extent.)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 19th November 1931.

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Photo of Mr Gordon Hall Caine Mr Gordon Hall Caine , Dorset Eastern

I think I am right in saying that the position of the Tynwald is that they may impose, abolish, or vary—I think those are the words of the Act—any Customs duty, but the initiative must come from the Imperial Government, or should come from the Imperial Government may I say? Up to now that has not been the case, but, strictly speaking, I think the Act of 1765, which dealt with Customs duties, is within the memory of my right hon. Friend, and under that Act the initiative should come from this country. I foresee that if Customs duties are to be imposed, and we are to follow that precedent, the Isle of Man should be permanently excluded. I hope that in what is being done the Government are carrying with them the Government of the Isle of Man in order that there will be no confusion in the future.