New Clause. — (Reduced duty on certain tobacco.)

Part of Orders of the Day — Finance Bill. – in the House of Commons on 9th June 1942.

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Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

I beg to second the Motion.

I gather, generally, from my observation of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, that he is, to-day, in his most benevolent mood, and I can easily conceive how much he has been affected by the stirring plea of my hon. Friend the Member for West Wolverhampton (Sir R. Bird). The case which he has made is bound to excite the sympathetic consideration of my right hon. Friend. It is a small matter, in a Budget of this magnitude, to make a concession of this nature, and I trust that the Chancellor of the Exchequer will, in this instance, follow that general feeling for those in distress which has been exemplified continuously by him in his expositions of public finance in this House and will receive this plea sympathetically.