Import, Export and Customs Powers Act, 1939

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th July 1949.

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Photo of Sir John Mellor Sir John Mellor , Sutton Coldfield 12:00 am, 12th July 1949

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when an Order in Council will be made declaring the date on which the emergency, that was the occasion of the passing of the Import, Export and Customs Powers (Defence) Act, 1939, came to an end; and why the said Act had been retained in force for an emergency of an entirely different character.

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

I cannot accept the implication in the Question that the emergency which was the occasion of the passing of this Act has come to an end. Accordingly, no question of making an Order in Council need arise at present.

Photo of Sir John Mellor Sir John Mellor , Sutton Coldfield

Can the right hon. and learned Gentleman distinguish between the emergency occasioned by the outbreak of war and the emergency occasioned by the outbreak of the fifth year of the Socialist Government?