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 Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

I thought the hon. Member for East Dorset (Mr. Hall-Caine) had come to this House as an apostle of Manx liberty, and I was much surprised to find that, instead of appearing in that guise, he came forward to surrender the keys of his national fortress. In this Bill we have been careful and solicitous to preserve the insular privileges of the Isle of Man, and such relics of self-government, formal though they be, that the Isle of Man still possesses; but my hon. Friend comes here from that Island and complains that we have not taken those privileges away. I sympathise with him very much. In form, at any rate, Customs duties are imposed by the Tynwald before they are imposed in this House, 'and any goods which come into the Isle of Man in transit for this country will pay in British ports the full duty that may be imposed by any Orders that the President of the Board of Trade may put into operation in accordance with these powers. While the Isle of Man may, in the exercise of its self-governing rights, allow itself to be flooded with any kind of commodity in the interim, this country will see that it is not used as a dumping ground for those goods, but that the British public will be protected, whatever may be decided by the Tynwald.