HC Deb 13 July 1904 vol 137 cc1480-1

I beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider the advisability of in future separating in the annual Revenue Returns the quantities of pot-still whisky distilled in Ireland and Scotland as distinguished from patent spirits distilled in Ireland, Scotland, and England, with a view to facilitating the work of inspectors in prosecuting under the Food and Drugs Act the owners of tied houses who fraudulently compel their tenants to sell English patent spirit as genuine Irish and Scotch whisky.


The Returns of the Inland Revenue Department do not distinguish between pot-still and patent-still spirit, the difference being one that has no bearing upon the levying of duty; nor do I think that such information, even if obtainable in future, would facilitate identification of spirits after they have left the control of the Inland Revenue and when they are on sale by retailers.


Am I to understand that the Government actually do nothing to prevent the sale of English patent spirit as Scotch or Irish whisky?

[No Answer was returned.]