HC Deb 16 July 1931 vol 255 c760

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether his attention has been called to the practice by tobacconists of distribution of so-called free gifts in exchange for coupons issued to purchasers of tobacco; and whether, in the case of the free gifts of silver and gold and plated goods, there have been any applications for licences by retail dealers in tobacco under Sections 1 and 3 of the Revenue Act, 1867?

The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the TREASURY (Mr. Pethick-Lawrence)

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As regards the second part of the question, some tobacco retailers have taken out plate licences, but normally, under the coupon system, any liability for plate dealers' licence would rest, not with the tobacco retailers, but with the tobacco manufacturers, and so far as I am aware all manufacturers who are liable have taken out licences.