Last year it was 18 per cent, and the value of imports from the British empire was 81,519,897 and from foreign countries $7,374,907. We were satisfied it would be useless to take up this question with the United Kingdom government, and it might have been undesirable to do so even if it had not been useless. It was useless because the United Kingdom government prizes exports from other parts of the sterling area practically as much, if not just as much, as it prizes exports from the United Kingdom itself.
that the United Kingdom or the colonial office in London prizes trade on behalf of the colonies. With regard to the minister's observation about 18 per cent coming in, that was for the calendar year 1940?
There is nothing in our relationship with the United Kingdom, or the British empire for that matter, which would preclude us from taking advantage of the ideas 'which the tariff board have with regard to imports from foreign countries. There is at present a tariff of 10 per cent against goods coming in from foreign countries, but
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there is nothing, as I see it, to preclude us from carrying out the board's recommendation and imposing this duty on goods coming in from foreign countries. It would indirectly help the general economic situation by bringing into the dominion treasury from four to five million dollars.
' mendations were for an excise tax or processing tax on the oil content of soap and edibles. The foreign ones could not be segregated. If a tax like that were imposed it would mean the whole oil content, wherever the oil came from. It would be impossible to apply the board's recommendations to imported oil only, because no one could tell what proportion of the oil in shortening was imported from foreign countries and what was from the British empire. Therefore the recommendation in that form could not be applied to foreign oils only.
I was going to ask a question about section 5. A number of the items in schedule II are being deleted. Do they then have to pay a higher rate of duty? For example, there is item 228 in schedule II, soap powders, and so on. Under schedule II they paid a duty of 10 per cent. What duty will they pay now?
They are covered by a previous section of the act. I have here a column of schedule II rates and a column of the rates resulting from section 1. Section 1 is very comprehensive. It covers most of the goods which are imported from the United Kingdom, so that when we take a number of items out
of schedule II, they are covered by section 1. I may state the results, if the hon. gentleman is interested. They are as follow:
Item No. Schedule Two Rate Rate resulting from section one220a Per cent