Beer Duty.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance. – in the House of Commons on 10th December 1931.

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Photo of Hon. John Stourton Hon. John Stourton , Salford South

60.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, in view of the falling off in the consumption of beer, he will now consider introducing legislation at an early date to reduce the Beer Duty?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Arthur Heneage Lieut-Colonel Sir Arthur Heneage , Louth Borough

61.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that, owing to the present heavy tax on beer, maltsters are stopping pur- chases of British barley; and whether he will reconsider his decision and take immediate steps to reduce the Beer Duty?

Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

71.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the probable loss to revenue resulting from the additional tax on beer, he will consider its replacement as soon as possible by a tax on tea of non-Empire origin?

Photo of Sir Harold Sutcliffe Sir Harold Sutcliffe , Royton

76.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that the recent additional tax on beer is adding to the numbers of the unemployed by reason of reduction of staffs in consequence of reduced sales; and whether, in view of the decreasing revenue from that source, he proposes to take any action in the matter?

Photo of Mr Neville Chamberlain Mr Neville Chamberlain , Birmingham, Edgbaston

I can only refer to the answer which I gave on 3rd December to my hon. Friend the Member for North Norfolk.

Photo of Hon. John Stourton Hon. John Stourton , Salford South

Will the right hon. Gentleman take into consideration that the present price puts the commodity out of the reach of a very large section of the working class?