Oral Answers to Questions — Tea Duty.

– in the House of Commons on 30th March 1922.

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his attention has been called to the fact that the price of tea has been considerably increased during the past few days; whether such rise is due to speculative profiteering or to a shortage of the commodity; and what steps, if any, he proposes to take not only to defend the public, but to see that such additional profits pay a corresponding share of the tea duty?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

As regards the first part of the question, I understand that the increased price of tea is attributable to reduced production in India. With regard to the suggestion in the latter part of the question, I would remind the hon. Member that the taxation of profits of dealers does not come within the scope of the tea duty, which is a Customs duty levied on importation.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Has the right hon. Gentleman any intention of reducing the Tea Duty when he introduces his Budget?