Import Duties.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 2nd May 1933.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

46.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the number of applications for duties and/or drawbacks before the Import Duties Advisory Board on which no decision has yet been given; and the period covered by such applications?

Photo of Mr Neville Chamberlain Mr Neville Chamberlain , Birmingham, Edgbaston

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which was given on 15th December last to a similar question asked by my hon. Friend the Member for West Nottingham (Mr. Caporn).

Photo of Mr Arthur Caporn Mr Arthur Caporn , Nottingham West

Will the right hon. Gentleman consult the chairman of the Import Duties Advisory Committee and see if it is possible to find some means by which the hearing of these applications may be expedited?

Photo of Mr Neville Chamberlain Mr Neville Chamberlain , Birmingham, Edgbaston

I have been in communication on previous occasions with the chairman of the Committee on the matter, and he assures me that there is no unnecessary delay and that these applications do receive the constant attention of the Committee.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

May I ask whether the chairman of the Committee really feels that the Committee is at the present time very much overworked?

Photo of Mr Neville Chamberlain Mr Neville Chamberlain , Birmingham, Edgbaston

I do not think the chairman of the Committee does feel that.

Photo of Sir Lindsay Everard Sir Lindsay Everard , Melton

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether any of the decisions that have been reached by the Advisory Committee are being held up by the Government?

Photo of Mr Neville Chamberlain Mr Neville Chamberlain , Birmingham, Edgbaston

I must have notice of that question.