Import Duties

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th February 1955.

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Photo of Mr Percy Wells Mr Percy Wells , Faversham 12:00 am, 15th February 1955

asked the President of the Board of Trade to what extent the motor vehicles, textiles, shipbuilding, agricultural machinery, and furniture trades are protected by tariffs.

Photo of Mr Henry Strauss Mr Henry Strauss , Norwich South

Since the import duties on the products of each of these industries cover so wide a range of goods, I am sending the hon. Member a copy of the customs tariff, flagged for easy reference to the relevant items.

Photo of Mr Percy Wells Mr Percy Wells , Faversham

Is the hon. and learned Member aware that considerable protection is afforded to these industries, which of course puts up the price to the domestic.consumer? In view of that fact, does he not think that the frequent jibe that farmers are unfairly subsidised and protected is rather unjustified?

Photo of Mr Henry Strauss Mr Henry Strauss , Norwich South

I had better confine myself to the Question which the hon. Member thought fit to put upon the Paper. I would remind him that import duties are not charged on industries but on particular products.