HC Deb 06 July 1906 vol 160 c356
MR. HARMOOD-BANNER (Liverpool, Everton)

To ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he purposes proceeding with the Revenue Bill; and whether he is aware that, whereas the Germans sell industrial alcohol at a uniform price of nine pence per gallon, the conditions of the Bill will not reduce the manufacturing price in this country below the cost of one shilling per gallon.

(Answered by Mr. Asquith.) I trust that it will be possible to take the further stages of the Revenue Bill after the adjournment to the autumn. As regards the latter part of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to Section 38 of the Report of the Departmental Committee on Industrial Alcohol [Cd. 2472]. I have no reason to suppose that when the Bill has become law the user of alcohol for manufacturing purposes in this country will be at any disadvantage as compared with his German competitor.