asked whether the Brussels Convention binds each of the Signatory Powers to impose Excise duties on home-grown sugar which shall be less than the Import Duty by an amount not more than about 2s. 6d. per cwt.; and why, seeing that the present British Import Duty is only 1s. 10d. per cwt., it has been decided that a remission of the whole or part of this duty for British-grown sugar is inadmissible while the Convention remains in operation?
Mr. McKINNON WOOD
The Sugar Convention does not bind the signatory Powers to levy an Excise on home-grown sugar. If there is no Excise the Import Duty must not exceed six francs per 100 kilogrammes for refined and five and a half francs for raw sugar, and if there is an Excise the Import Duty must not exceed it by more than these amounts.