German Machinery (Export Duty).

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons at on 19 April 1932.

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Photo of Major Henry Procter Major Henry Procter , Accrington

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the action of the German Government in putting an export tax on all machinery transferred from German factories for use in factories to be set up in this country; and, in view of the effect of these duties on the possible establishment of new industries in this country, will he make representations to the German Government for the removal or modification of these prohibitory taxes?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

I am aware of the high export duty which has been placed on the exportation from Germany of used machinery of certain descriptions. This duty is applicable to German and foreign-owned machinery alike, whatever the country of destination; and, in the absence of any evidence of discrimination, does not afford grounds for representations to the German Government.

Photo of Major Henry Procter Major Henry Procter , Accrington

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this tax amounts to £400 per ton, and that it is delaying the erection of new factories in North-East Lancashire?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

If there are any new facts to be brought to my notice, I shall be happy to look into them.

Photo of Sir Nicholas Grattan-Doyle Sir Nicholas Grattan-Doyle , Newcastle upon Tyne North

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether these restrictions apply to the textile industry?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

They apply to certain forms of machinery which may be used in any industries.

Photo of Colonel Josiah Wedgwood Colonel Josiah Wedgwood , Newcastle-under-Lyme

Are we to understand that the right hon. Gentleman believes in and desires the expansion of the importation of foreign capital to this country?

Photo of Sir Percy Harris Sir Percy Harris , Bethnal Green South West

Is this one of the results of the Abnormal Importations Act?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

It has no connection with it whatever.