Clause. 3 — (Reduced duties on Coffee, chicory, and coffee substitutes.)

Part of Orders of the Day — Finance Bill. – in the House of Commons on 19th June 1922.

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Mr. MACLEAN:

My reasons why we should not have a tax upon coffee I have been trying to elaborate, and I was leading up to the point of saying what the actual incidence of the duty meant to the working people of this country. I was going on to point out the actual hardship bearing upon them and the inconsistency in the statements of Ministers and Members on the other side relative to the imposition of this duty. However, I do not think the Committee, particularly at this time of the evening, are desirous of hearing a very elaborate discussion on the Coffee Duty, one reason being that many of them are being detained from their coffee in order to take part in the next Division, I will not. therefore, stand in the way of their getting to their taxed coffee at the earliest possible moment.