§ 43. Mr. CHORLTON
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, in view of the great increase in imports of glassware due to the fall in the rate of duty, he will take steps to enable the old duty of 50 per cent. to be reimposed?
It is within the function of the Import Duties Advisory Committee to consider any application from the British industry for an increase in the rate of duty on glassware.
§ Mr. CHORLTON
May I draw my right hon. Friend's attention to the difficulty experienced by small firms in applying to the Committee? It is easy for large firms, but difficult for small firms, and will he take special steps to see that these people are advised how to make their applications?
§ Captain SPENCER
Is my right hon. Friend aware that application was made some weeks before the Summer Recess, and will he endeavour to expedite a decision?
§ Sir H. CROFT
Is my right hon. Friend aware that these imports have been increased by about four times since the duty was reduced, and that this is a serious question?
There is, I believe, a number of applications at present before the Import Duties Advisory Committee, and I have no doubt that they will expedite their decisions as much as possible.