Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Linen Thread and Yarns.

asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs whether customs duty was paid on (1) linen thread and (2) yarns purchased from Messrs. Lindsay Thompson (Threads), Ltd., Belfast, and Messrs. Patons & Baldwins, Ltd.: Messrs. Thomas Carr of Yorkshire; Messrs. Bates of Huddersfield; Messrs. Walker Holdsworth of Cleckheaton, Yorkshire, respectively, under the contracts referred to on page 258 of the Irish Trade Journal, December, 1936, and, if so, how much did the duty amount to in each case.

Customs duty of £38 15s. was paid on the linen thread. Customs duty was not paid on the yarn.

Arising out of the Minister's reply, can he say what representation was made by his Department which induced the Minister for Industry and Commerce to recommend to the Revenue Commissioners the issue of a licence to import the yarns referred to free of duty?

I did not state that a licence was issued to import yarns.

Were these yarns, in fact, dutiable?

That is another question. I think I have answered fully and completely the printed question as put down by the Deputy.

I have no desire to embarrass the Minister, but if he consults his colleagues he will find that questions arising from the printed question on the Order Paper may be legitimately put to a Minister. I asked the Minister whether customs duty was paid on linen thread and yarns, and I think a proper question arising from that is to ask him were the articles dutiable or was the relief from duty the result of the issue of a special licence. However, if the Minister has not the information I can put down my supplementary question formally and perhaps the information will be available on another occasion.