§ 43. Sir PATRICK FORD
asked the hon. and gallant Member for Ipswich, as Chairman of the Kitchen Committee, if he has any information as to whether the decrease in the consumption of bottled beer, as compared with the increase in the consumption of draught beer in the refreshment department of the House of Commons during the six months following the reduction of the beer duty compared with a similar period in 1932 is due to any inferiority in the quality of the bottled beer supplied?
§ Sir PARK GOFF
I have been asked to reply. I have received no complaints on this subject, but have every reason to believe that the bottled beers as supplied to Members still maintain the high standard of quality for which they are noted.
§ Sir P. FORD
May I ask my hon. and learned Friend if he can offer any explanation of the increase in consumption of draught and the decrease in consumption of bottled beer?
§ Sir P. GOFF
The increase in the sale of draught beer has been in the staff bars, and presumably is due to the reduction of the Beer Duty. The decrease in the sale of bottled beers is presumably due to hon. Members requiring less owing to the increased strength of the beer supplied.