§ 56. Mr. Wingfield Digby
asked the President of the Board of Trade for what reason the present import duty on flaxboard is only half that on wood chipboard; and whether, in view of the fact that flaxboard is a very similar product to chipboard and is in direct competition with it, he will make arrangements for this anomaly to be rectified at an early date.
§ Mr. Erroll
Under the tariff in force prior to January 1st, 1959, wood chipboard was liable to a duty of 20 per cent. ad valorem under the general tariff heading for manufactures of wood. There was no similar heading to include flaxboard, which was then liable only to the 10 per cent. general ad valorem duty. These rates of duty were retained68W when the new tariff in Brussels Nomenclature form was introduced at the beginning of 1959.
If the industries affected submit an application to the Board of Trade for a change in the duty on flaxboard, it will be considered on its merits.