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Foreign Tariffs (Luxury Articles)

Volume 244: debated on Tuesday 4 November 1930

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asked the President of the Board of Trade how many countries adopt as an integral part of their tariff any proposals prohibiting or limiting the importation of so-called luxury articles; what those countries are; and what the articles are in each case?

Even if it were possible to distinguish "so called luxury articles "from other goods I could not, generally speaking, say how far Customs duties imposed by other countries are specifically intended to limit the import of such goods on the ground that they are luxuries. Similarly, as regards the limited range of import prohibitions and restrictions now operative, it is not possible, in general, to distinguish between those directed against the import of goods solely because they are luxuries and those dictated by other motives.