New Clause. — (Excise duties on homegrown tobacco to cease.)

Part of Orders of the Day — Finance Bill. – in the House of Commons on 28th June 1922.

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Photo of Mr Alfred Bigland Mr Alfred Bigland , Birkenhead East

I just want to correct the Chancellor of the Exchequer on one point, and that is when he said that this industry has not been a success in this country. He has not been in the House as long as I have, and I remember when the late Mr. William Redmond made a most powerful appeal some years ago with regard to tobacco-growing in Ireland. At that date the industry had nothing like the rate of preference asked for in this Clause, but Mr. Redmond assured-us that he could procure quality and quantity of tobacco which would surprise us all. I do hope that the Chancellor will not only receive the deputation suggested, but give the whole matter his very careful consideration.