Shetland Ponies (Import Duties, Germany and France).

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 28th July 1936.

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Photo of Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence , Orkney and Shetland

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the import duty on a Shetland pony, for which the crofter gets £3 to £5, is £25 into Germany and £22 10s. into France; and whether he will endeavour to get some remission of this prohibitive duty in the interests of the Shetland pony trade and the Shetland crofter, and to avoid the slaughter of hundreds of ponies?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

I am aware of the high rates of duty on Shetland ponies imported into Germany and France, but I fear that there is no prospect of these duties being reduced at the present time as a result of representations from His Majesty's Government.