Cotton Yarn

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th July 1962.

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Photo of Sir John Barlow Sir John Barlow , Middleton and Prestwich 12:00 am, 26th July 1962

asked the President of the Board of Trade if, in view of the fact that United Kingdom cotton yarn attracts a duty of 33⅓ per cent. on entry into Eire, he will take stops to impose a duty on cotton yarn entering the United Kingdom from Eire.

Photo of Mr Frederick Erroll Mr Frederick Erroll , Altrincham and Sale

No, Sir This would be in breach of the Anglo-Irish Trade Agreements of 1938 and 1948.

Photo of Sir John Barlow Sir John Barlow , Middleton and Prestwich

Is my right hon. Friend aware that that answer is very unsatisfactory in that there is great injustice when those goods come here free whereas we have to pay a duty of 33⅓ per cent.? Can he give any evidence that Irish goods coming into this country are subsidised?

Photo of Mr Frederick Erroll Mr Frederick Erroll , Altrincham and Sale

I have no evidence other than the representations made by the British Spinners and Doubters Association made on 23rd May which I am urgently examining. In the meantime I have also been in touch with the Irish authorities on this question.