4 JANUARY 1930, Page 7

Mr. Snowden and Safeguarding On Monday, December 23rd, Mr. Snowden

made his statement in the House of Commons with regard to the Safeguarding Duties, and, as was expected, he delivered sentence of death. Taking his stand on constitutional tradition, however, he gave no undertaking as to when. they would be repealed. What he did say was that, if the silk and sugar duties should come under the knife of the next Budget, the Government, as an act of grace, would devise some scheme of rebates to cover duty-paid stocks. Drawbacks would also continue to be paid on duty-paid exports. This would apply also to the McKenna Duties.