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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Photo of Mr Charles Ammon Mr Charles Ammon , Camberwell North

I rise to support the opposition to this duty. This is a matter which really requires the serious consideration of this Committee, because coffee is being consumed in larger quantities than was the rule hitherto, and though it may be that the consumption of coffee is being temporarily suspended so far as certain members of this Committee are concerned, we are concerned more with the community, and, at a time when people are more neurotic than they have ever been, it certainly would be disadvantageous if we continued the duty on this necessary stimulant in the manner suggested. I saw in the paper the other day, in reference to this question of coffee drinking, a point that, I imagine, will prove of interest to hon. Members on opposite benches. It was said there that those nations, like the Turks, which drink much coffee show an absence of gout that is striking. That, too, would seem to suggest taking the duty off coffee.