HC Deb 19 February 1929 vol 225 cc951-2
45. Captain FAIRFAX

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has considered, or will consider, granting such a rebate on the Beer Duty in the case only of beer brewed from home-grown barley and hops as, taken in conjunction with the rating relief of breweries, will admit of a reduction in the retail selling price of a penny a pint on such beer?

The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER (Mr. Churchill)

I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the answer which I returned on 13th December last to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Chelmsford (Colonel Howard-Bury). It must be remembered that to reduce the price of beer by 1d. per pint would cost some £26,000,000, whereas the brewers' rating relief is something less than £400,000.

Captain. FAIRFAX

Does the right hon. Gentleman mean that the cost. would be £26,000,000 to reduce the duty on beer made from home-grown barley and hops alone?


My answer covers the whole of the beer.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say what the cost, would be for beer brewed from homegrown barley and hops?


I certainly can if the question is nut on the Paper.


Has the right hon. Gentleman had an opportunity of appreciating the value of all-English beer, of which I believe a sample has been sent to him?


A sample has reached me, and I am going to address myself to it.


Is that the reason why the right hon. Gentleman rang the alarm bell last week?

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