§ 69. Mr. STANTON
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware of the unrest and growing hostility to the Government for its continuance of the exorbitant tax on workmen's clubs both in licensing and the cost of beer; is he aware that the tax upon the barrel of beer, which was 7s. 9d. in 1914, is now fixed at £5 per barrel, or an increase of 13 times; is he aware that 90 per cent. of the working class drink beer in moderation and with no abuse; and will he consider the removal or part removal of this tax in proportion to the drop in wages and unemployment at the present time?
§ Sir R. HORNE
I am aware that representations have been made in the sense mentioned by the hon. Member, but I am unable to anticipate the Budget proposals on this matter.