HC Deb 06 May 1915 vol 71 cc1277-8
44. Mr. HORNER

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, having regard to the fact that ethyl-alcohol, upon which duty is payable, is essential in the manufacture of many medicines used in both human and veterinary practice, the Government will allow a rebate to be granted to the manufacturers or other means adopted by which this duty will not become a tax upon the alcohol used in their preparation, seeing that otherwise the imposition of the contemplated duties will largely increase the cost of these medicines to all users, and thus press with excessive severity upon the poor and add enormously to the expenses of hospitals and charitable institutions?


The whole question referred to is under consideration.