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Dominion And Foreign Import Duties

Volume 244: debated on Tuesday 11 November 1930

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asked the President of the Board of Trade what are the import duties at present levied by Canada and Australia upon woollen and worsted tissues, cotton tweeds, hosiery, and iron and steel products from Great Britain; and the duties on these commodities levied on British products by Holland, Belgium, and Germany?

The information for which my hon. Friend asks is of considerable volume, and I would propose to send it to him.

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that a picture frame manufactured in this country and sold wholesale at 1s. 4½d. has an import duty of 6s. levied upon it on its entry into Australia; and, if so, whether he will snake representations to the Federal Government with a view to a modification of such duty upon these articles if manufactured in this country?

The present Australian customs duty on picture frames of United Kingdom origin is 4s. 6d. each or 97½ per cent. ad valorem, whichever is the higher. Having regard to the reasons which have led to the recent imposition of heavy duties upon many classes of goods, I do not think that representations in this particular case would serve any useful purpose.