HC Deb 17 July 1923 vol 166 cc2039-40
42. Mr. HURD

asked the hon. Member for Cheltenham, as Chairman of the Kitchen Committee, if he has received from the cider makers an explanation of their failure to give Members of this House, as well as the general public, any benefit from the abolition of the cider duty; and when that benefit will be received?


In reply to the hon. Member, the cider manufacturers have made a reduction in the price of cider in casks, of which the Members of the House have received a proportional benefit, the charge per half-pint glass now being 3d. As regards bottled cider, the reduction has been so slight, yielding only a fraction of a penny, that we have been unable to make use of it in the sale of single bottles.


Does that mean that the cider manufacturers make a reduction, and the Kitchen Committee does not?


What I said was that the reduction was so slight that we are unable to reduce the price.

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