33. Mr. WILLIAMS
also asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there are now available samples of Empire brandy of good quality; and whether he is prepared to increase the rate of preference on Empire brandy?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
I am aware that 1,240 gallons of Empire brandy were cleared for home consumption in the year ending 31st March, 1927, as compared with 553,000 gallons of non-Empire brandy. I would remind my hon. Friend that Empire brandy in common with other classes of Empire spirits already enjoys a preference of 2s. 6d. per proof gallon which in the case of rum, the kind of spirits mainly concerned, has been found effective in diverting consumption to Empire supplies. In these circumstances, I could not agree, as at present advised, to increase the preference on Empire spirits.
Is it not the case, that the preference only amounts to about 4 per cent. of the values; that in regard to rum, British Empire rum in any event is practically the sole supply and that, therefore, the cases are not analogous?
§ Mr. KIRKWOOD
Will the Chancellor of the Exchequer tell us who is the best judge of brandy in the House?
§ Colonel DAY
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider recommending the Chairman of the Kitchen Committee to have it put in the refreshment room of the House?