Cider (Taxation).

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance. – in the House of Commons on 3rd May 1932.

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Photo of Viscount  Cranborne Viscount Cranborne , Dorset Southern

53.

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what would be the estimated yield of a tax of 4d. a gallon on cider?

Photo of Mr Walter Elliot Mr Walter Elliot , Glasgow Kelvingrove

I regret that I have no current data on which to base such an estimate as that asked for, but, making the most liberal assumptions, I should think it unlikely that the yield would exceed £250,000.

Photo of Mr Francis Ganzoni Mr Francis Ganzoni , Ipswich

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in the West country, where agricultural workers get 36s. a week, apples are grown and the cider is untaxed, whereas in East Anglia, where the wages are only 28s. a week, barley is grown and the national drink, beer, is made prohibitive by taxation?