HC Deb 17 December 1936 vol 318 c2618
47. Mr. C. WILSON

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, having in view the next revision of the Imperial preferences, he will re-examine the case for the granting of preferential rates of duty on such Empire wines as are fortified while in bond with cheap foreign spirits from Hamburg, Rotterdam and elsewhere, paying little or no duties, the mixture being sold as wine-cocktails at a price much below other beverages with a similar high alcohol content?

The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the TREASURY (Lieut.-Colonel Colville)

Due account will be taken of all relevant considerations when occasion arises.


Would it not be possible to make representations to the importers of wine as to the deleterious effect of wine-cocktails upon the social habits of the people?

Lieut.-Colonel COLVILLE

I will consider the hon. Member's view.


Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman give us an assurance that no avenue will be left unexplored and no stone left unturned?