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(Per Press Association—Copyright) LONDON, May 1.

Sir Donald McLean, resuming the Budget debate, said that the great spending departments which were 'spreading devastation throughout the country must be, curbed. Mr Joseph Chamberlain had 'said that complete Imperial preference would invariably entail taxes on food.

Mr Austen Chamberlain interposed: "The Government does not intend new food taxes."

Sir Donald McLean continued, stating that a great trade with the Dominions could not be developed without granting preference oh corn, meat, and wool. He regretted he must light the proposal. Colonel L. C. Amery (Under-Secre-tary for the Colonies) defended the Goyjarnment's proposal. He said this was not the direct issue between freetrade and protection. It was a question whether they regarded the Empire as a unit and whether .they were Willing to promote intercourse, understanding and' development, thus strengthening the Dominions. It was a worthy policy to carry out irrespective of the old party divisions. They were entering a new 'period of the Empire's history and ought to deal in industrial, social and "economic problems in a new spirit aiming at wider unity.

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BUDGET DEBATE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9600, 3 May 1919

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BUDGET DEBATE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9600, 3 May 1919

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