HC Deb 23 April 1891 vol 352 cc1167-8
MR. O'HANLON (Cavan, E.)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury if lie is aware that a much larger quantity of new inferior whisky has been put into consumption for the past 12 months than that of any other year for the last 20 years, owing, it is alleged, to the fact that retailers cannot increase the price of small quantities sold over the counter, and that, on the other hand, they- cannot reduce the liquor below the standard acknowledged by law; and whether he will inquire whether this sale of inferior whisky is in any way attributable to the extra Spirit Duty imposed last year, and take the entire matter into consideration when proposing his next Budget?


No record is kept of the quality of whisky brought into consumption.