HC Deb 30 March 1933 vol 276 cc1169-70
50. Mr. O'CONNOR

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention has been called to the fact that damage has been done to the manufacture of herb beer, an old-established non intoxicating beverage, by reason of the operation of Section 12 of the Finance Act, 1932; and whether he will be prepared at an early date to introduce amending legislation for the purpose of correcting the position?


The Section to which my hon. and learned Friend refers contains nothing to interfere with the manufacture of herb beer, but merely affects the name under which it may be sold. With regard to the second part of the question, my right hon. Friend is not prepared to introduce legislation as suggested.


Does my hon. Friend realise that this Section is doing enormous damage to the herb beer trade, that no discriminating beer drinker could possibly imagine that herb beer was beer, and that the Section, while damaging the herb beer trade, is doing no good at all to the beer trade?

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