§ DR. HUTCHINSON (Sussex, Rye)
I beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is prepared to use the 704 powers given to him under the Inland Revenue Act of 1888 to forbid the use of those substances in the manufacture of beer which the Department states to be dangerous or injurious to the public health; and is he prepared to give assistance to the introduction of a Bill to compel brewers to state on their casks, bottles, etc., the ingredients used by them in the manufacture of beer.
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Mr. AUSTEN CHAMBERLAIN,) Worcestershire, E.
The powers in question will no doubt be exercised in the future, as they have been in the past, in any case in which the circumstances may seem to require it. The suggestion in the second part of the hon. I Member's Question was fully examined by Lord Pembroke's Committee on Beer Materials, and was declared by the Majority Report, signed by five out of six members, to be unadvisable. I am not prepared, therefore, to give assistance to the introduction of such a Bill.