HC Deb 25 November 1909 vol 13 cc367-8

asked how long the increased duty of 3s. 9d. per proof gallon will have to be paid on spirits in the event of the Finance Bill not being passed into law, and whether the increased duty paid up to the present will be refunded to the payers if the measure is rejected by the other Chamber?

Captain NORTON

My right hon. Friend regrets that he is not in a position at the present moment to make a statement on this subject.

1908. 1909.
Quantity. Duty Quantity. Duty.
Gallons. £ Gallons. £
October 3,388,000 1,865,000 2,116,000 1,558,000
November (1–21, 1908) (1–20, 1909) 2,647,000 1,460,000 1,656,000 1,220,000

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what quantity of spirits was taken out of bond from 1st May to 1st November, 1908, and the amount of duty paid thereon; if he will give a similar Return for the corresponding period of this year; whether he will state the quantity taken out of bond from 1st November, 1908. to 1st May, 1909, and the amount of duty paid; and what quantity would require to be taken out for the corresponding months 1909–10 to bring the revenue for the 12 months, May, 1909, to April, 1910, up to what it was for the corresponding preceding 12 months plus the estimated increase of £800,000?

Captain NORTON

The quantity of spirits on which duty was paid and the amount of duty received thereon from 1st


Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there is considerable dissatisfaction amongst traders with regard to this uncertainty in view of the nearness of the Christmas trade?

Captain NORTON

I will convey that suggestion to my right hon. Friend.