§ MR. ALEXANDER CROSS (Glasgow, Camlachie)
I beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state the duty leviable at the Customs houses at our ports upon imported methylated spirits per proof gallon and per gallon 1855 66 degrees over proof; what are the Excise duties charged on spirit manufactured in Home distilleries per proof gallon and per gallon 66 degrees over proof; and if he will state what is the advantage calculated to be afforded to the domestic producer under this tariff.
§ MR. LLOYD-GEORGE
So far as I am aware, there is no importation of methylated spirits to this country. If any importation took place, the spirits would be chargeable with duty at the rate of 11s. 5d. per proof gallon, or 18s. 11d. per bulk gallon at a strength of 66 overproof. The Excise duty on British spirits is 11s. per proof gallon, or 18s. 3d. per bulk gallon, at a strength of 66 over-proof. Having regard to the conditions affecting home production, I am not satisfied that there is any substantive advantage to the domestic producer at these rates.