HC Deb 25 November 1909 vol 13 cc368-9

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what quantity of spirits was taken out of bond in Great Britain and Ireland for the months of October, 1908 and 1909, respectively, and what quantity was taken out of bond for the month of November of this year up to the date of latest calculation; and whether he will state what quantity was taken out of bond for the corresponding days in November of last year, and what amount of duty was paid in each of the periods referred to?

The following Statement shows the actual quantities of spirits on which duty was paid in Great Britain and Ireland during the months of October, 1908 and 1909, and the approximate quantities on which duty was paid in the periods November 1st to 21st, 1908, and November 1st to 20th, 1909, together with the amounts of duty received thereon:—

May to 31st October in each of the years 1908 and 1909 were: —

 Proof Gallons. Duty. May to Oct., 1908 17,181,000 £9,608,000 May to Oct., 1909 *8,966,000 *£6,586,000 * Corrected figures.

The quantity of spirits on which duty was paid, and the amount of duty received thereon from 1st November, 1908, to 30th April, 1909, were:—

 Proof Gallons. Duty. 23,337,000 — £12,888,000

The quantity which will require to be duty paid in the corresponding months of the year from May, 1909, to April, 1910 (i.e., November, 1909, to April, 1910, inclusive), 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, is 22,630,000 proof gallons.

As this answer is of considerable interest, may we have it circulated with the Votes?

Certainly.