The Her­ald

75 years ago

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SAL­IS­BURY, 14 Jan­uary 1944. — A res­o­lu­tion sup­port­ing an in­crease in the to­bacco levy was passed by 12 votes to three at the Nor­ton Farm­ers’ meet­ing re­cently.

Mr R. O. Palmer, the As­so­ci­a­tion’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the RTA, said that it had been pro­posed to in­crease the levy from 1 /20d. to 1 /10d per 1b.

He pointed out that if the in­dus­try was to be in a po­si­tion to face world com­pe­ti­tion and to ex­tend its mar­kets as soon as con­di­tions re­turned to nor­mal pro­pa­ganda and ad­ver­tise­ment would be nec­es­sary and this could not be done with­out funds.

The RTA Coun­cil felt that now was the time to build up a re­serve for this pur­pose.

The ac­cu­mu­lated sur­plus from levy funds stood to­day at £14 000, said Mr Palmer, and at the present rate the rev­enue from a £30 000 000 crop was £6 250, from which £3 800 was de­ducted for ex­penses.

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