§ 2. Mr. LIDDALL
asked the President of the Board of Trade what proportion of the 18,470 tons of machinery, valued at £3,395,137, imported during the first four months of 1934 were imported duty free on the ground that similar machinery of British manufacture was not available?
§ The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the TREASURY (Mr. Hore-Belisha)
No separate record is kept of the weight of machinery imported free of duty under Section 10 of the Finance Act, 1932. In terms of value, the machinery delivered for home consumption free of duty under licence during the months in question is estimated at something under one-fifth of the total imports of machinery, excluding from the latter the value of machinery entered duty free under Empire preference which was approximately £206,000.