HC Deb 04 June 1934 vol 290 c705

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Clause stand part of the Bill."

10.22 p.m.


I want to ask the hon. Gentleman a question on Sub-section (4) as to whether the term "compound" includes "chemical compound"? It says: In this section the expression 'mixture' includes a preparation and a compound. I understand that the Clause deals with alcohol which is for commercial or other purposes, and that if it is used for medical and scientific purposes, it is not intended to pay a duty. Does "compound" mean a compounded drug or a compound in the sense of a chemical compound?

10.23 p.m.


Sub-section (4) really meets two drafting points. Subsection (4) of the Act of 1918 which deals with imported articles speaks of "mixture, compounds or preparations." The phrase is referred to in Sub-sections (1), (2) and (3), and the single word "mixture" is accordingly used in those Sub-sections to include all of them.