§ MR. CLYNES (Manchester, N.E.)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he can give information showing the proportion of hop substitutes used in particular parts of the country or in the largest breweries; and whether his Department has any powers whereby brewers who use substitutes in place of hops can be compelled to make known such use to the purchasers of beer, as in the case of certain groceries and other articles of consumption.
§ MR. CHURCHILL
The hon. Member will find information as to the quantities of hop substitutes used in each 1101 county of the United Kingdom, and also as to the quantities used in breweries classified according to the number of barrels brewed, in the Return entitled Brewers' Licences (No. 32 of this session). The Board of Trade have no power to compel brewers to disclose to purchasers the nature of the materials they have used in brewing.
§ VISCOUNT HELMSLEY
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this Government have refused to pass a Pure Beer Bill?
§ MR. COURTHOPE
I myself brought one in, and it was only defeated through the intervention of the Government.