§ MR. LEA (St. Pancras, E.)
I beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will insert in his Revenue Bill the proposal which was dropped last year for imposing a tax on the manufacturers of the alcoholic beverages known as basis wines, in view of their competition with imported wines, due to the fact that they do not contribute to the revenue.
§ MR. ASQUITH
The proposal was to impose a licence Duty with a view to bringing the manufacture of British wines under excise supervision not to put a tax on the product itself. The matter is receiving my careful consideration, and I will make a statement at a later date.