HC Deb 28 February 1908 vol 185 cc207-9
MR. HAROLD COX (Preston)

To ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he possesses information showing the total amount of sugar used in brewing; and, if so, what was that amount; and what was the tax revenue received in the last year for which information is available.

(Answered by Mr. Asquith.) The total amount of sugar used in brewing in the United Kingdom for the year ended 30th September, 1907, including the equivalents of syrups, glucose, and saccharum, was 2,859,487 cwts. Brewers use various kinds of sugar and sugar preparations on which varying rates of duty (Customs and Excise) have been levied, e.g., Foreign sugar or glucose as imported, subject to varying rates of duty, British glucose, and brewing saccharine preparations. It is not, therefore, possible to estimate with any real approach to accuracy the duty paid in respect of sugar used in brewing.