HC Deb 19 June 1907 vol 176 c485

I beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer if samples of the materials added to the low wines still at Tullamore were analysed at any time by the principal of the Government laboratory or his assistants; if so, when; whether prohibited materials were discovered therein; what purpose did the use of the prohibited materials serve, or what purpose wore they supposed to serve; was any penalty incurred through the use of such prohibited materials; and was any fine imposed on this account by the Board of Inland Revenue.


The distillers of Tullamore have, in common with some other distillers, been allowed as an indulgence to add a small quantity of phenyl-hydrazine sulphonate of calcium to the spirits in the low wine stills for the purpose of eliminating certain objectionable bye-products arising during the process of distillation. The material referred to and the spirits produced are examined from time to time at the Government laboratory. No prohibited materials have been discovered on such examination, nor any fine imposed in connection with the indulgence.