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Fourth Schedule—(Goods Qualifying For Exemption Under Treasury Directions)

Volume 581: debated on Wednesday 29 January 1958

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I beg to move, in page 18, line 48 after "manufacture", to insert "or production".

This is a matter of technical definition. The purpose of the Amendment is to make it quite clear that we have power to issue duty-free directions for certain organic intermediate products used in the production of dyestuffs in situ, for example on the fibre as well as those which are used quite separately for the manufacture of dyestuffs.

Amendment agreed to.

I beg to move, in page 19, line 5 after "be", to insert:

"or for the purpose of subjecting goods capable of use with those or similar articles (including goods which might be used as materials or components in such articles or in which such articles might be used as materials or components) to examination or tests with a view to promoting or improving the manufacture in the United Kingdom of those or similar goods".
This is a rather complicated matter. Paragraph 2 provides for the relief of Import Duty on goods imported for test or examination
"with a view to promoting or improving the manufacture"
of similar goods in the United Kingdom. This very minor extension covers a deserving class which has come to our notice only since the Committee stage.

Perhaps I may put it shortly by giving an example. The example which has been submitted to me is that where a manufacturer of a capping machine, which is a machine for cutting out metal caps for bottles and placing them on the necks of bottles, wanted to import a foreign machine to seal the caps on the bottles, he would be unable to do so under the present arrangement.

The object, in short, is to test and examine in conjunction machines which are intended to function together. I could give the House a much more lengthy explanation, but I hope it will accept that which I have given.

Amendment agreed to.

Bill to be read the Third time Tomorrow and to be printed. [ Bill 62.]