Oral Answers to Questions — Wines and Spirits (Prices).

– in the House of Commons on 28th January 1942.

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Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether, in view of the illicit trading in whiskey and wine and the high prices of wines and spirits, he will move for a Select Committee to take evidence as to the general causes of the practices now obtaining in the trade to augment their short supplies, of profiteering and illicit trading; and to report on the best methods to adopt to rectify the growing menace to the licensing trade?

Major Lloyd George:

No, Sir. I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave to him on 18th December last.

Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

Is it not a fact that the colossal inflation of prices has thrown out of alignment all theories and principles of equity in levying taxation and Excise duties and that colossal sums are regularly being missed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer?

Major Lloyd George:

I think it would be very much better to address that question to my right hon. Friend.