29 MARCH 1930, Page 3

Local Tariffs in Italy For some time it has been

Signor Mussolini's purpose, which is in ironical. contrast with the Italian attitude at the Tariffs Conference, .to break down the local tariffS, or octrois, levied on produce from the country entering the towns. They are to be abolished on April 1st. The decree is of some importance in view of the considerable. increase in local duties sanctioned since 1926, probably by way of meeting the expenditure of Il Duce's ambitious programme Of public works. Administrative expenses, however, it is said, absorbed some 80 per cent. of the revenue. In any case, we may surely take it as a welcome sign that, the, economic health of the country is restored. Fresh work will have to be found for many officials.