HC Deb 06 May 1881 vol 260 c1960

asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, If he is aware that it is the practice of excise officials employed in breweries to solicit orders for saccharometers and the like from brewers; and, whether he considers such a practice conducive to the public interest, and will take steps to put an end to it should it be found to exist?


Sir, such a practice as that described in the Question is distinctly prohibited by the printed instructions given to every Excise officer. I learn that the Board of Inland Revenue is unaware of any case in which a departure from this rule has occurred; and any such departure, if made known to the Board, would be visited with a very severe mark of their displeasure.