HC Deb 20 March 1923 vol 161 c2347

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what amount of revenue is obtained from the Excise Tax at present levied on commercial alcohol;

(2) Whether he is aware that the Excise Tax on alcohol required for commercial use only is now 72s. 6d. per proof gallon as compared with a tax of 14s. 3d. per proof gallon in 1914; whether he is aware that the actual value of the alcohol is 2s. 6d. per proof gallon; whether he will take steps to remove the burden of a tax of 2,900 per cent. ad valorem which is thus imposed on British manufacturers;

(3) Whether he is aware that British manufacturers using commercial alcohol are subjected to a tax of 2,900 per cent. on the value of a necessary ingredient for the production of certain goods; and whether, in view of the urgent need for encouraging legitimate trade, and so providing more employment in this country, he will take steps to remedy this state of affairs?


I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave to my right hon. Friend the Member for Cambridge University on the 15th February.

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